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No municipal tax increase for Lethbridge property owners in 2021-22

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some good news if you own a property in Lethbridge.

City Council has passed a new operating budget which will mean no increase in the municipal portion of property taxes in 2021 and in 2022.

There will also be a zero increase in utility rates next year.

There will also be a zero increase in utility rates next year.

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“This budget understands our current economic reality and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and builds in the financial flexibility we need to respond to those challenges,” Councillor Rob Miyashiro

In doing so, Councillors had to make some tough decisions. One of those was a significant cut to the Lethbridge Police Service budget to the tune of $1 million.

Even after looking at the item again Monday (Dec. 14), the majority of Council still voted to maintain that cut.

Councillor Rob Miyashiro, chair of the Finance Committee, says what Council did for the community is unprecedented as budgets usually have things added to them, not taken away.

He says this two year operating budget understands the current economic reality and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Overall, the budget was passed on a 7-2 vote with Councillors Blaine Hyggen and Joe Mauro voting no

Individual properties may see a tax change on their bills for other reasons, such as: a change in property assessment (the value of your home, business or multi-family complex); an increase to the Green Acres Foundation budget or to the Alberta School budget; and new construction or demolition

A full recap of the budget can be found here: 2021-22 Budget Decisions

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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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