Two councils in Dorset have put forward a budget containing no cuts to front line services.
West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council appointed a single management team in a bid to save £8.5m over five years.
David Clarke, the new chief executive of the two councils, said about £40,000 had been taken out of the partnership to protect front line services.
In total, about 80 posts will be lost at the two councils.
Last month the two councils announced they had hired four directors to be shared by the authorities.
The roles, heading up the councils' finance, human resources, communities and environment departments, replaced nine senior posts.