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CFIB Report: Lethbridge operational spending “unsustainable”

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Lethbridge and several other Alberta communities have been increasing their spending at unsustainable rates.

The CFIB’s latest Alberta Municipal Spending Watch Report analyses the spending habits of the province’s 17 largest cities and counties over a ten year period from 2007 to 2017.

Keyli Kosiorek, the Federation’s Policy Analyst, says Lethbridge ranks right in the middle of the pack at number nine. “Lethbridge saw operational spending growth of about 54%, while the population grew by only 20% (during those ten years). That’s over double the sustainable rate that we recommend.”

Kosiorek says these municipalities need to develop long-term plans to manage growth and spend within their means.

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The report also revealed a strong connection between a municipality’s ranking and the number of full-time employees it has relative to the size of its population. Generally, municipalities that have a lower resident per municipal worker ratio operating spending is higher.

Kosiorek says the CFIB recommends these Alberta municipalities, including Lethbridge, limit their operational spending and look at some big line items, such as municipal compensation levels and municipal hiring so they can “reign in that operational spending.”

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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