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Lethbridge City Council postpones passing new operating budget to Dec. 14

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A new operating budget for the City of Lethbridge won’t be approved for another two weeks.

Councillors were expected to give the OK to the budget Monday (Nov. 30), however that has been pushed back in order to give time to possibly reconsider some items, in particular the Lethbridge Police portion.

In order to get to a 0% municipal tax increase next year and again in 2022, it’s been recommended the LPS budget be cut by $1 million.

That is the biggest item on a list of things Finance Committee had recommended to try and cut back on and save money.

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Councillor Blaine Hyggen though brought forward a motion to reverse that budget hit to the police service.

In the end, Council decided to defer the passing of the budget to its December 14th meeting in order to give more time to review some of those items.

If Councillors do decide to reverse the LPS budget recommendation, a 0% tax increase in 2022 is not very likely.

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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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