Fears over funding cuts for community groups and organisations were allayed for some – though others are set to have their budgets slashed.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden also confirmed the number of school crossing patrollers and community wardens would be protected.
Funding for the Granite Noir and True North festivals would also be protected, although Aberdeen Performing Arts, the body which oversees the festivals, saw its budget cut by £100,000.
It was also announced all 17 of the city’s libraries would stay open and that public toilets would avoid closure.
Meanwhile, proposals to cut Sport Aberdeen’s funding by £2.5 million were thrown out by the ruling administration, however, a reduction of £550,000 was still approved.
Mr Lumsden confirmed they rejected the larger amount, which would “undoubtedly” have led to the “closure of vital facilities”. But the arms-length organisation, which runs sports facilities across the city, will still lose £550,000.
Mr Lumsden said during the budget meeting: “I believe sport facilities should be accessible by all and not restricted to those who can afford private memberships.”
After the meeting, Alistair Robertson, the managing director of Sport Aberdeen, said: “It’s with a sense of relief that the option proposed wasn’t agreed by all parties. That is appreciated.
“It’s a particular comfort to the many thousands of people who use our services. We still face an uphill challenge with the reduction that has been agreed, but will do all we can to limit the impact on our staff and our services where we can.”
And there was relief from the Fountain and Fersands Community Project, which had been facing a £91,000 cut, as it avoided a reduction in its funding.
Mum-of-three Kimmy Crawford, 30, whose children use the Woodside-based facility, said: “We are just over the moon. I was in town when I got the phone call to say the funding was safe and all the kids were jumping up and down.
“Everyone’s kids had been handing out flyers in the streets to try to keep it open.
“We’re going to be organising a street party at the weekend to celebrate because it is just such a relief.
“The last week has been an absolute stress because we were so worried we were going to lose everything.
“It’s brought us all closer together because it’s showed just how much everyone appreciates what the centre does.”
Keep up to date with the latest news with The Evening Express newsletter
Meanwhile, Charlene Kilpatrick, the chairwoman of the Woodside Network, said: “I am absolutely delighted Fersands is safe. People are overjoyed and it’s an amazing moment for them.
“I’m very glad the council voted with their hearts and not their economic feet.
“I want to thank the campaigners for stepping up to save the centre because what they did was so important.The community deserves a lot of credit, too, for their support.
“It’s been a hell of a week but it has shown that the community sticks together and will fight for what it believes in.
“I’m just so glad, because although to the council it might just look like numbers on a budget paper, to the people in the community it’s their lives.”
Other community projects in Middlefield and Printfield also escaped cuts to their funding.
However, a host of other organisations had their funding slashed with tourism organisation Visit Aberdeenshire seeing its budget reduced by a massive £260,000.
SNP group leader Stephen Flynn slammed the proposal, adding it was a “vitally important” organisation in terms of attracting people to the city.
In the chamber during the meeting, he added: “Do they not want people to come to Aberdeen?
“Do they not value the work Visit Aberdeenshire does? It certainly does not appear to be the case.”
Look Again Festival, Aberdeen’s year-round public art programme, will also see its budget cut by £25,000, putting its future in jeopardy.
Other cultural organisations who will see their funds reduced include the Aberdeen Council of Voluntary Organisations with a £43,000 cut, Peacock Visual Arts (£47,000) and City Moves (£100,000).