Moray Council is proposing to put up council tax by 4.79% in a budget which could also see more than 80 posts lost.
Controversial plans to raise music tuition fees by 85% - which saw the council's head of music instruction service John Mustard resign - have now been reduced to a 20% proposal.
Mr Mustard said he had no intention of changing his mind about quitting.
The budget proposal - to be voted on next Wednesday - says 88 full-time equivalent jobs would go.
Libraries at Cullen and Tomintoul could also close.
The original planned 85% increase would have raised music tuition fees to £699 a year.
Head of music instruction service Mr Mustard said the 85% increase - approved last month as part of a bid to balance the council's budget - would "deprive" many young people of a skill and pleasure.
Reacting to news of the reduced 20% proposal, he told the BBC Scotland news website: "The increase just continues the erosion of the service by price increases that has been ongoing for several years now, and 20% will still be a deal-breaker for some families.
"Therefore I have no intention of changing my mind."
It was reported last year that only 10 of Scotland's 32 councils still provided free music tuition.