Up to 2,000 workers at Wolverhampton City Council face losing their jobs because of budget cuts.
The council currently employs almost 6,000 people - meaning a third of its workforce is under threat. The money it gets from government has been halved from £284 million to £137 million a year.
To help raise money, council tax will go up by almost 2%.
Staff were told of the changes at a series of meetings today. They have also been told they will get less sick pay and there will be a freeze on pay rises. Drivers caught on camera using bus lanes will also be fined.
Councillor Roger Lawrence said the reduction in funding to local councils will 'damage' Wolverhampton.