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LETHBRIDGE: City residents are still engaged in the election process - if attendance at Tuesday night's all-candidates forum is any indication.

About 200 people packed the public library auditorium to debate issues like recycling programs, downtown revitalization, and city spending.

"This a really good turn-out, considering we're only electing one alderman," said organizer Bob Campbell, who acted as moderator for the debate hosted by The Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs. "It shows there's still a lot of interest in city governance in the City of Lethbridge, so we're quite impressed."

Nine of the 10 candidates vying to replace fallen councillor-elect Bob Babki attended. Wade Galloway was absent, saying he had a prior commitment.

Among those in the audience was Bob Babki's son Blake, who challenged former councillor Ken Tratch with a question about the city's "pay-as-you-go" tax system.

Blake says if you apply the system to a smaller scale scenario, it doesn't add up.

"The analagy I like to use is if you were to go to the grocery store and buy your weekly groceries, do you lend yourself the money and then charge yourself interest?" says Babki. "Of course not. So why would the City adopt this kind of practice, I think it should be stopped."

The younger Babki says he plans to attend each forum to follow up on these and other issues his father voiced in the past.

Meanwhile several audience members said they need to hear more before they can make a decision. Click the "play" button to hear from some residents who were there.


Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 4/15/2014 10:24:13 AM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News
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