SALISBURY city councillors have voted in favour of keeping their part of the council tax at the same level for the next financial year.

The full council met on Monday night and voted to approve the recommendation of the policy and resources committee to set the precept at £90 for the average Band D property.

City clerk Reg Williams said in his report that the council will see a reduction in precept payments due to recently introduced legislation from central Government which sees the tax base upon which the precept is calculated reduced.

He said Wiltshire Council has confirmed it will meet any shortfall to parishes for 2013/14 and has indicated it will take account of the Government grant they will receive to help offset the impact. This means Salisbury City Council will receive £1.38million from council tax and the top up grant from Wiltshire Council for the next financial year.

But he also warned a £5 increase is likely to be needed in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

• The Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police parts of the council tax have not been confirmed yet but are expected to also remain at the current level for 2013/14.