Raymond Bremner says an extra £60 million would go ‘some way towards us being able to invest in important capital projects.’
But alongside potentially unwelcome proposals there are ambitions plans in the budget like developing a 'sustainable' bus service.
Focus on attainment was lost as councillors defend officials over a 'judgmental' education report critical of primary school staff.
Council leader Raymond Bremner said: 'It has been our priority to protect jobs and services wherever possible.'
But there is little information on roads spending as the £602.5 million budget seeks to plug a £65 million blackhole.
Councillor Helen Crawford says asking 'teachers to mark more generously' is 'just a big sticking plaster.'
Club chairman Ross Morrison says the council or 'certain members of it, seem hellbent on killing the club by abusing their powers.'
593 staff past and present were overpaid and now face salary reductions, debt recovery and legal action to force the return of cash.
The two organisations have been at loggerheads over a green energy project near Fairways Business Park.
Fiona Hyslop says she wants to be 'wise' on the issues of delays and funding but is determined to dual the road.
The business organisation says 'examining the proposals impartially' would 'be a strength, not a weakness.'
The Greens MSP says 'I am actively advocating for the establishment of a dedicated degree-level course in horticulture and business skills.'
The club says it is ‘absolutely bewildered’ and is considering legal action, accusing the local authority of ‘nimbyism’.
It is feared the analysis will only look at the 'pros' not the 'cons' of the plans and ignore legitimate concerns.
The departure of the Liberal Democrat member will prompt a by-election.
The Inverness and Nairn MSP says of Humza Yousaf's pick that 'no one has put more effort into A9 dualling than Fiona'
Councillor David Fraser says it is essential the development proceeded with the commercial element but the refusal may be appealed.
Fergus Ewing demands answers from Mairi McAllan about the 'complete failure to adhere to the very clear schedule.'
The company hopes to attract 20,000 visitors by being based at the retail park with a visitors centre, bar and restaurant.
He says 'decisions by SNP and Green ministers in Edinburgh that will have a real impact on life here in the Highlands.'