Council tax payers in Taunton Deane will have to pay almost 5 per cent more for services this year.
The authority is increasing its tax by 3.6 per cent with a further one and a quarter on top for the new Somerset Rivers Authority.
Taunton Deane has become one of the first councils in the country to ban using legal highs in public.
A Public Space Protection Order banning the use of "intoxicating substances" in public comes into force today (June 1st).
The council says it received "overwhelmingly positive" views when the public was asked about this in April.
Recent changes to the law mean local councils can now place an order like this on activities they believe are "having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for people in the community".
The order prohibits drinking, using legal highs or using any other substances "with the capacity to stimulate or depress the central nervous system" in public areas.
It replaces a "no drinking" order that applied to some areas of Taunton, and is much broader, covering Taunton town centre and areas around Priorswood Road, through to Toneway and Blackbrook Way.
Breaching the order will be a criminal offence, and offenders could be fined in court or received a fixed penalty notice. Police and council enforcement officers will have the power to demand people hand over any prohibited substances.
Taunton Deane councillors meet today to discuss where their headquarters should be in the future. The council is considering moving from The Deane House to save money. Potential sites include moving into County Hall, or a new building on the Firepool regeneration site.
Taunton Deane Borough Council has said that travellers who had moved onto Hamilton Park in Taunton have now left.
The families were given a deadline of midday on Monday to leave the site.
The Council said the group left rubbish and what is believed to be human excrement strewn across the grass and in hedges.
Despite protests from hundreds of people, Taunton Deane Borough Council has tonight approved plans to develop a popular green space in the town.
Jeff Welch was at the meeting where emotions were fraught over the Vivary Green Wedge:
Plans for more than 300 homes on a popular green space in Taunton have tonight been approved by councillors.
Taunton Deane Borough Council's planning committee voted 8 to 7 in favour of the Vivary Green Wedge development.
Hundreds of people turned out to protest against the scheme.
Hundreds of people have gathered in Taunton tonight in opposition to plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.
Developers want to build more than 300 homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's town centre.
Taunton Deane Borough Council's planners have recommended the scheme for approval. The planning committee is expected to make a final decision tonight.
Jeff Welch reports:
A protest is expected later at the offices of Taunton Deane Borough Council to oppose plans for hundreds of houses on a popular green space.
Developers want to build more than three hundred homes on the Vivary Green Wedge extending from Taunton's Town Centre. A previous application for six hundred homes on the site was thrown out.
More than 800 people have written to the council objecting to the scheme.
West Somerset Council could be jointly managed by its much larger neighbour, Taunton Deane Borough Council. West Somerset Council based in Williton serves just 35,000 people and is England's smallest district authority.
Last night (Monday 4 March 2013), Taunton Deane Borough Council said it would look at plans that could mean joint working between the two authorities.