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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Lethbridge sending 1% PST motion to AUMA for debate

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Lethbridge City Council has passed a motion which aims to have the Alberta government consider a very small provincial sales tax.

The province, of course is the only one in the country, without one.

The idea was put forward by Councillor Jeffery Coffman this week as a means to generate revenue specially for capital projects in cities and towns across the province.

Coffman says a 1% PST would generate billions of dollars.

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“Right now the provincial government only has around $1 million for capital projects for all the municipalities in Alberta,” states Coffman. “Even if we generate $3 billion, that’s three times the spending. For us in the City of Lethbridge that would be, instead of $20 million going to capital projects, we would have $60 million to spend on infrastructure projects.”

The PST resolution will now go to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) this September for consideration.

Coffman expects this will certainly generate discussion at the AUMA. “We all recognize the economy in Alberta right now sucks. The natural resource sector is getting absolutely pummelled, and COVID certainly hasn’t helped. All of this eventually trickles down to municipalities because this is where people live. Throughout all of this our citizens still demand clean underground infrastructure, a healthy water treatment plant, roads, sidewalks, etc.”

He notes the idea of a 1% provincial sales tax going to capital projects is meant to provide a revenue resource for municipalities which will help strengthen the province, build the economy, and hopefully keep Alberta in a sustainable environment.

Coffman’s motion was passed in a 7-2 vote with Councillors Blaine Hyggen and Joe Mauro voting against.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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