People in Ryedale will have to take more responsibility for supporting their local communities because of the continuing cuts in money available to North Yorkshire County Council.
It warns that the squeeze on its budget could last until 2020 because of a reduction in its spending power of more than a third.
Now Ryedale residents are being asked for their views on plans being drawn up by the council about the services it provides.
Council leader John Weighell stressed it will continue to do all it can to protect and modernise frontline services for those who rely upon them the most.
But it means there will be more collaboration with other organisations and volunteers to provide services differently such as happened during the past few years in libraries and in countryside services. People are being asked for their views by Monday June 30, either through an online consultation form, or by emailing email@example.com
The Council Plan can be viewed online at www.northyorks.gov.uk
l Last week saw the 40th anniversary of the demise of the County Council of the North Riding of Yorkshire and its replacement by North Yorkshire County Council.