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Lethbridge City Council “investigating” cutting corporate expenses

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Lethbridge City Council has unanimously passed a motion to investigate cutting city expenditures in this fall’s budget.

Councillors debated a motion Monday (June 29) put forward by Councillor Jeff Carlson.

City Manager Craig Dalton has been asked to look into and report back to Finance Committee in in the fall on the possibility of enacting a corporate-wide expense reduction of either 5 % or 10%.

Carlson told Council the City’s fiscal and budget environment right now is uncertain.

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“We do need to be thoughtful,” Carlson said over the phone speaking to his fellow Councillors. “Starting now I think it gives us the opportunity to take that time to be thoughtful and perhaps reduce some expenses in case that flexibility is necessary. Once again this situation is evolving.”

Recent city-wide operational reviews have indicated some possible reductions to corporate expenses.

Mayor Chris Spearman also spoke in favour of having the City Manager look into this. “What would happen if it was a 5% cut (to city expenses), what would happen if it was a 10% cut? How would services be impacted? How could we offset some of the negative impact? I think this is an exercise we need to do.”

Lethbridge City Council is to receive a report back from Dalton on November 23rd.

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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