Councils across the West Country say they are expecting the funding they get from central government to be slashed by up to 30% in next week's Comprehensive Spending Review.
It means tough decisions on where to find savings will have to made in the year ahead. ITV News has been investigating the vast deficits facing the region's local authorities in 2016.
Cornwall County Council says it needs to save £196 million by 2019, and is expecting to have to make £26 million in savings next year, but this could rise to as much as £38 million.
17 of its leisure centres are being put out to tender in the hope that a private operator will take them over. The council says it simply can't fund the £17 million maintenance bill or £5 million running costs. It's also asking town and parish councils or community groups to take over the running of its 31 libraries.
Devon County Council says it needs to save £110 million over the next 4 years, with £35 million of savings being made next year.
Council Leader John Hart told ITV News it's already had to make tough decisions.
Dorset County Council says it needs to cut £13.1 million next year.
All of its departments have been asked to look at how they could shave 25% off budgets.
Youth services in Dorset are set for a major shake-up and local residents are being urged to have their say in public consultation. It's proposing to to withdraw funding from its 22 youth centres and target resources where they are most needed.
Plymouth City Council says it faces a funding gap of £65 million over 3 years, and needs to cut £23 million next year.