A capital investment programme worth more than £262m will be put before councillors next week.
The proposed budget includes £30.2m for highways improvements and major projects in Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Seaham, Stanley, Crook and Spennymoor.
A £1.3m increase in the Winter Maintenance budget and the extension of the current Local Council Tax Support Scheme for a further year, protecting 33,557 people across the county following the abolition of the national council tax benefit scheme.
The proposals will be put before Cabinet members next week (February 12).
Leader, Cllr Simon Henig, says despite the very difficult budget constraints, planning for economic growth and job creation remains a priority.
“We are in a very difficult position in that we not only face serious budget cuts but we are also awaiting key information from Government which would help us set our budget,” he said.
“Despite this, through good financial planning and budget management, we are maintaining a very significant focus on investment across the county which aims to boost local economies and create jobs.
“This support remains essential to safeguard our economic future.”
The full Cabinet paper is available to view here