1.82% Tax Increase For Lethbridge Residents in New Four Year Operating Budget

City Council's Finance Committee got one last look at the proposed new four year operating budget Monday.

Lethbridge residents will be looking at a tax increase of 1.82% after City Council's Finance Committee went over the proposed operating budget again this week.

Councillors met Monday afternoon (Dec. 3) to reconsider the entire budget, which will now be given full ratification next week.

The tax increase is actually less than what was previously approved two weeks ago, after Council voted to shave nearly a million dollars off the base budget for the Lethbridge Police Service.

Councillors were slated to approve the budget last week, however they narrowly voted to send it back to Finance Committee this week for another look over. In the end, the proposed budget was pretty much rubber-stamped in an 8-1 vote.

The 2019-2022 operating budget is over a billion dollars in spending over the four years. Final approval is expected on December 10th. By law, Council must have the budget approved by the end of the current calendar year.

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