Pembrokeshire faces another inflation-busting increase in council tax or big job cuts, councillors have been warned.
Finance director Jon Haswell said council tax would need to rise by 28% to meet service needs in the wake of a 0.4% cut in Welsh Government funding.
Bob Kilmister, the cabinet member responsible for finance, said the picture looked "pretty grim".
Last year Pembrokeshire's council tax went up by 12.5% - the first double-digit increase in Wales since 2004.
However, council leaders defended it by pointing out it was still the lowest council tax in Wales.
At an audit committee meeting on Thursday, Councillor Jacob Williams asked Mr Kilmister if the authority had a plan for "mass redundancies", according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Mr Kilmister said he could not answer with "any clarity" until council officers gave their assessment of service priorities, but warned the status quo was "not an option"."There's no way in we can meet the budget requirement we have got without affecting the number of people we employ," he said.
"Have we got a clear, costed plan at the moment for that? No.
Mr Haswell warned that on current predictions, based on the Welsh Government's standard spending assessment of what it thinks the council needs, council tax would need to rise by 28% unless services were cut.
"It's more difficult than last year," he said.
Mr Kilmister added: "We might possibly be in a better position than some others but it's still pretty grim."
Five of the 22 Welsh councils face the biggest funding cut of 1%, while six promised an increase will not see their grants keep pace with inflation
The Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Flintshire, Powys, Monmouthshire and Gwynedd are the worst hit. Only Flintshire is Labour led.
Cardiff will see the greatest cash increase, at 0.4%, while Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf will see a 0.3% increase.
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It's not only Tory austerity cuts that are to blame here
Under the Cameron-Clegg coalition, this was changed. Councils can raise the level of council tax as they wish, but must hold a local referendum on the matter, if they wish to raise it above a certain threshold set by central government, currently 2%.
I must admit that unless there is a substantial rise in UK local government payment to English councils and an increase in that paid to the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament can choose to pass it down to the local authorities, there doesn't seem to be any solutions.
Lets face it it would be very unlikely that residents would back a substantial rise above 2% in their council tax in a referendum and a rise by 28% to meet service needs that Pembrokeshire has claimed it would need to avoid cuts would be impossible.
The reality is that Central Government of either colour , don't care about local councils and are not even concerned about their make up having emasculated them with tier caps and continuous reductions in funding in real terms.
They are not even concerned about the political make up and the fact e will probably never see a return of the likes of Ken Livingston's GLC or other radical councils who believed they could make radical changes.
Unless there are major changes in funding and the way they raise their own revenue, then there will be no point in voting for councillors on local issues but only on "National" lines and that suits the Tories and indeed Labour just fine.