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Finance Committee recommends Lethbridge City Council take 10% pay cut in 2021

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Members of Lethbridge City Council could be taking a cut in pay next year.

Finance Committee unanimously passed a motion Tuesday afternoon, put forward by Councillor Blaine Hyggen, which would see the salaries for the Mayor and the rest of Council cut by 10% as part of the 2021-2022 operating budget.

Councillors were told that would save the City just over $77,000 in 2021-22. The recommendation now has to go to a full meeting of City Council before getting approved.

Finance Committee is meeting all this week to nail down the next City of Lethbridge operating budget. Council is looking at all options to cut costs and save money.

Council is aiming for a 0% increase in both property taxes and utility rates in the upcoming fiscal year with some tough decisions to be made in order to achieve those goals.

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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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