A special meeting to discuss the budget for Durham County Council gets underway this morning (Wednesday). .
It's expected the local authority will face further budget cuts as reductions in Government grants are confirmed.
Over the past three years, the council has made savings of £113.9m.
Councillors will hear today that this figure must rise to £224m of savings by 2017.
Council Leader, Cllr Simon Henig, said: "Despite us explaining our very serious situation to central Government, it is clear not all parts of the country are seeing the same level of reductions. There is little doubt that our area is again being hit the hardest."