A councillor will be hauled before an ethics watchdog amid claims he failed to reveal shares in his own company in time.
Schools, libraries and bus services across Aberdeenshire will all be hit by swinging council cuts.
Aberdeenshire's finance chiefs have made repeated calls for more powers to be devolved to local government.
Plans to raise council house rents by 3% are set to be approved by councillors this week.
The total council tax bill for the north and north east is poised to increase by more than £15million in 2019/20, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay indicated last night.
City finance chiefs in Aberdeen are planning a raft of increases across adult social care as they attempt to overcome an eye-watering £100million deficit during the next five years.
Scottish Government officials in the central belt have been accused of meddling in local democracy by overturning rejected planning applications.
The Scottish Government is facing a revolt over the council tax freeze amid claims it is having a negative impact on local services across the north and north-east.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire should have more councillors, while Highland and Moray should have less, the Local Government Boundary Commission has proposed.