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Lethbridge County Operational Spending in Line with Population, According to CFIB Report

Post Date:11/04/2019 3:09 PM
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY– According to a new report released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), Lethbridge County has kept operational spending in line with population levels over the last 10 years.

The CFIB’s Alberta Municipal Spending Watch Report analyzes trends in spending for municipalities in the province. According to the report, between 2007 and 2017, Lethbridge County’s population remained stable, showing no growth or loss, while real operational spending decreased by 10%. The County’s per capita operational spending is reported as $1,910, which places it in the lower tier of municipal spending in the province of Alberta.

“Lethbridge County is committed to keeping our operational costs in line with our population growth,” says Chief Administrative Officer Ann Mitchell. “We take our responsibility for managing taxpayer money very seriously and are constantly looking for ways to be more resourceful. We are pleased to see that the CFIB’s Alberta Municipal Spending Watch Report highlights those efforts. However, it is also important to note that as municipalities, we are responsible for providing public services to our communities and an excellent quality of life to our citizens. Each municipality is unique with different service and service level needs, which affects operational spending.”

The report makes several recommendations as to how municipalities can improve spending and be more sustainable. Lethbridge County continually reviews its core services and looks for greater efficiencies in its operations. The County is also currently conducting an employee compensation review to ensure that wages are sustainable, competitive, and in line with provincial standards.

To view the full report, visit https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/sites/default/files/2019-10/FINAL%20report%20-%20municipal%20spending%20watch%20report.pdf

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