Northamptonshire County Council, which must save £70m by March, met to discuss how to tackle the funding crisis.
Council leader Matthew Golby said councillors had to examine "what we can realistically provide" for residents.
The Conservative-led council has been forced to impose spending controls twice in six months.
It has vowed to protect children and vulnerable adults but a financial expert warned essential services may be "cut to the very bone". BBC Northampton
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