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“Very difficult decisions to make” as Lethbridge City Council debates operating budget

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For Lethbridge property owners, how your tax dollars will be spent over the next year is going to be the focus of City Council’s Finance Committee this week.

Councillors are getting together all week long for deliberations on the 2021-22 operating budget.

Some tough decisions will have to be made as well in order to try and keep spending down, especially given the fact Council decided last week to aim for a 0% increase in both property taxes and utility rates in 2021.

Council also voted unanimously to direct administration to implement KPMG-identified workforce reductions over a three-year period, using a combination of attrition and retirement, to achieve a $5 million of savings in salaries and benefits.

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“As Finance Committee, we have some very difficult decisions to make,” Councillor Rob Miyashiro.

Several initiatives are on the table as Councillors debate ways to balance saving money with levels of service to residents.

City Councillor Rob Miyashiro says it’s important to look at expenditures and current service levels, especially now during the COVID pandemic, to ensure the budget reflects the new economic environment we are all living in.

The budget deliberations will begin at 9:00 each morning this week with the public able to follow things by watching online at can be found online at Lethbridge Agendas or on Shaw TV Lethbridge.

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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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