Scottish Borders Council has set out its budget and spending priorities for the next year.
"We have a budget that looks at trying to make savings across all services, but keeps very much in place the important services that people really appreciate.
One major element of our budgetary savings is to look very carefully at staff terms and conditions and a range of different budgets to make sure that we are delivering our services as efficiently as we can."
Plans to cut spending on Britain's forests by more than a third could have a serious impact on this region according to campaigners.
In an open letter to the government department DEFRA, the Forest Campaigns Network say that cutbacks would damage the tourism industry and lead to the closure of popular local tourist attractions and car parks:
Jack ellerby, friends of the Lake District:
"The government's own figures show that public forests are worth 400 million a year to this country. They bring tourism, work to raise air quality and provide timber.
"If they are not managed and resourced properly those benefits would be lost."
“Our draft budget demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to investing in the local economy even in difficult times by investing in our schools, supporting small businesses through our planned preventative maintenance scheme and still avoids compulsory redundancies while continuing to keep our Council Tax the lowest in mainland Scotland.
“We believe our budget is a good answer to a challenging question; how we continue to invest in our region when the public finances are under more pressure than ever.”
– Ivor Hyslop, Council Leader, Dumfries and Galloway Council