TORBAY councillors passed their 2013/14 budget after a four-hour meeting on Wednesday evening.
Feelings ran high during the meeting at Oldway Mansion as members found ways to trim millions from services.
Faced with saving £10million from their budget as a result of cuts in Government grant, members had to balance the books on school transport, beach services and care of the elderly.
Conservative councillors quashed a series of amendments by Lib Dem and independent members as they held firm on the programme of budget cuts.
Among the moves defeated were a number aimed at decreasing the amount of money spent on the Riviera Centre.
There were also lively debates on street wardens, Brixham's Shoalstone Pool and the future of Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre.