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City Council Finance Committee recommends big cut to Lethbridge Police budget

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A Lethbridge City Councillor said some tough budget decisions would have to be made when it comes to the next operating budget and that was the case Wednesday (Nov. 25).

In a narrow vote, Council’s Finance Committee recommended that the Lethbridge Police Budget be cut by $1 million in 2021-22.

The recommendation still has to be approved at a full meeting of City Council before it’s set in stone.

If that passes, the Lethbridge Police Commission will be asked to report back to Council before the end of February with their implementation plan for the $1 million reduction.

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Mayor Chris Spearman along with Councillors Blaine Hyggen, Ryan Parker, and Joe Mauro voted against the recommendation, however it still passed in a close 5-4 vote.

Councillors were also asked to consider reallocating that $1 million reduction in the LPS budget to crime prevention services, however that proposed amendment failed.

Finance Committee is meeting all this week to try and find a way to cut costs with an aim of zero percent increases to both property taxes and utility rates next year.

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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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