June 22nd, 2024

A high quality of life is worth the extra amount of property taxes

By Lethbridge Herald on December 3, 2022.


5.1 per cent isn’t the problem when it comes to taxes, the real issue is that the previous council kept increases artificially low. KPMG recommended job cuts and they happened. Council took pay cuts as did non-union management.

 The result? Taxpayers complaining the grass wasn’t cut or roads weren’t ploughed quick enough. Everybody wants the services but no one wants to pay for them. 

The tank of gas in your car went up $20 each time, groceries went up, you want a wage increase due to cost of living, you had to have a $1,400 cellphone with payments of $35 a month on a long-term contract. And $12 a month increase in your property taxes is an issue? 

The problem isn’t 5.1 per cent, it’s the fact that too many people would rather pay $35+ a month more for a new phone than pay $12 a month more for a quality of life. Get your priorities right and you’ll realize how good we have it here in Lethbridge. 

As our previous mayor said “if you don’t like it here you can always leave” but the reality is it’s no better than right here in Lethbridge. 

Brent Hansen


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