More than 100 jobs are expected to go at Central Befordshire Council as £12m is cut from its 2011-12 budget.
Money-saving changes will include more volunteers for youth services, an end to the mobile library and switching off street lights.
The council executive said it would try to save money through becoming more efficient.
It said cuts were inevitable and announced it would no longer subsidise the schools music service.
The leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, Tricia Turner said: "We have prepared ourselves to face the budget reductions that were inevitable as the whole of the public sector contributes to the plan to cut our national debt.
"The decisions ahead won't be easy, but we have a strong track record in cutting costs, having saved £10m from our budget in the first year of our existence and a further £12m this year."
The council said some of the cuts will come from better procurement and contract management in areas such as printing and advertising, children's social care placements and home care.
A review of management and staff pay and conditions will also be carried out.
In early February 2011 a final budget will be presented to the council's executive before going on for consideration by full council at the end of the month.
The council said if the budget cuts were approved more than 100 jobs could be affected.