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.
4,000 jobs could be created at a new business park planned for Taunton.
The borough council wants to develop land just off junction 25 of the M5. Transport improvements to both the junction and public transport will also be made as part of the scheme.
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 issued an appeal for gypsy and traveller sites.
It's required by law to find suitable plots but hasn't been able to, so far. Anyone with land, which can be connected to water and power is linked to local services is being asked to contact the council by the end of May.
Two councils in Somerset are to merge management to save money.
At separate meetings tonight, West Somerset District Council based in Williton and Taunton Deane Borough Council voted in favour of the deal which will see savings of almost £2m a year.
Opponents fear it'll mean dozens of job cuts.
Taunton Deane councillors have voted in favour of sharing a Chief Executive with neighbouring West Somerset Council.
West Somerset - the smallest council in the country - is facing a financial crisis due to its size.
It's seeking to share further services, subject to a business plan going before both councils in October.
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.