Members of the North Wales police authority have rejected a move to recommend that the council tax precept should rise by 5% in 2013.
Members opted to call for a 4% increase between 2013 and 2015, although it was claimed this would require a further cut of 20 officers, 32 PCSOs and 28 staff
The precept is the part of council tax that goes towards providing key services like police and firefighters
It comes after the authority voted last month the rise at 2.5% for this year, resulting in a shortfall of nearly £900,000.
The next budget will be decided by a Police Commissioner, to be elected in November