PEOPLE and businesses were asked to fill in a survey, to help the council set out its priorities.
425 organisations completed the survey, 58 per cent more than last year, while 2,034 people living in Bucks also filled it in.
The top priorities according to people living in the county were protecting vulnerable children and adults (58 per cent), caring for the disabled and the vulnerable (43 per cent), and supporting independent living (42 per cent), followed by protecting people from crime (42 per cent).
The same priorities appeared in the list for organisations, with the addition of broadband and attracting and supporting businesses to create jobs and street lighting, which was a low priority for people living in Bucks.
The lowest priorities were gypsy and traveller sites (64 per cent), cultural activities (29 per cent), and courses to improve skills (22 per cent), access to countryside (21 per cent) and broadband (21 per cent).
Seven in 10 people who answered the survey said they would prefer to increase council tax by either two to five per cent, 39 per cent preferred a two per cent increase, while 29 per cent said a five per cent increase.
In total 23 per cent said they would prefer to freeze council tax.
The council is now proposing a 1.99 per cent increase in council tax this year.
It said a rise was necessary, due to increasing budget pressures and a decrease in funding.
It is due to receive £11m less from Government this year, and £3m due to an inflation rise, plus £14m where there is pressure to spend more – totalling £28m less than last year.
To close the gap it suggested a council tax rise, or reducing or maintaining services in various areas to save £16m overall.
About £8m of this would be through changing how the council works, £2m from income from service user charges, £2m from reductions that were already planned, and £4m in grants.