The council was recently praised for beginning to turn around its finances
Aberdeen City Council could be in line for further multi million pound cuts to services.
The authority's chief executive Sue Bruce has written to all departments asking for them to identify where budget cuts of up to 5% could be made.
The council is expecting a reduction in the annual grant it gets from the Scottish Government when that funding announcement is made next month.
The council was recently praised for beginning to turn around its finances.
The chief executive said: "On the basis that we do not yet know the funding settlement, and given the pressures on the economy and the public pound, I have asked all directorates to prepare information on policy options for 5% savings.
"These options will be considered by elected members in due course, when we know the full extent of the budget challenges we face.
"Preparing options for 5% savings is entirely sensible. If we need to make savings at a lesser level we will have plenty of choices to consider in order to achieve the savings that we need to make."
Aberdeenshire Council has already warned it too is facing a tighter budget.