Job losses at Dundee City Council are inevitable as it makes nearly £20 million of cuts, the local authority’s chief executive has warned.
David Martin told the policy and resources committee that balancing the revenue budget for 2019-20 would require decisions that would be “unpopular in the city”.
A report presented to councillors said that on current assumptions the council will have to find budget savings of £19.4m in 2019-20.
Although it has the power to raise council tax by up to 3%, this would only raise additional income of £1.5m. Lord Provost Ian Borthwick said the situation was the worst he has seen in local government since he was first elected as a councillor 56 years ago.
Mr Martin told councillors that local authority budgets have reduced in real terms over the past decade.
He said: “We are facing major challenges as a city and as a city council.
“With more than 60% of council costs as staff costs, reducing the head count has to be part and parcel of presenting a balanced budget proposal to elected members.”
He added: “Officers will deliver proposals for a balanced budget but there will be difficult decisions.
“There will be policy choices that will not be popular in the city or with elected members.”
Mr Borthwick urged councillors from all parties to work together.
Councillors will meet on February 21 to set the budget for 2019-20.