Lethbridge Minute: High Crime, High Spending, and a Transportation Master Plan
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
Council's summer break continues with no meetings scheduled for this week. Council won't return until their regular City Council meeting on August 10th.
Even though there are no Council meetings happening, City Hall is still operating and the City is keen to hear from the public regarding personal and existing transportation issues and mobility barriers as part of the City's development of a new Transportation Master Plan.
- Finally, if you're looking for a laugh, be sure to check out Micheal Moses at Good Times on Friday or Saturday at 6:00 pm. Also on Saturday, Lethbridge's Handmade Market returns to the Exhibition Grounds from 9:00 am. This year's theme is sunflowers and tickets are $5.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Council has decided to add a question to the ballot in the fall municipal election asking Lethbridgians if they should prioritize building a third bridge prior to 2030 as a municipal capital project priority. A number of factors will need to be considered such as cost, traffic volumes, the impact that borrowing money would have on municipal taxes, the impact of grants from both the provincial and federal governments, and the economic cost/benefit both during and after construction.
- Speaking of spending money - things aren't looking so hot for Lethbridge taxpayers right about now. A new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows that, over the last decade, the province's 17 largest municipalities decreased their overall spending per capita by 8.4% but in Lethbridge that figure grew by 6%.
- For a second straight year, Lethbridge has the highest Crime Severity Index in Canada. The Lethbridge Police say much of the crime seen in the community has been directly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this may be a contributing factor, many in the City have had enough of the excuses while crime runs rampant in our community. Going into the Fall municipal election, it will be interesting to see how candidates plan to tackle this issue.
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