LETHBRIDGE: City budget debates got started at City Hall on Tuesday.
Committee passed (by a vote of seven to one) a conditional resolution to commit
$25-Million from the 2018 Capital Improvement Plan to the redevelopment of
Exhibition Park. The condition is based on Exhibition Park, the Province and
Federal government coming up with the remaining $66-Million needed for the
entire redevelopment project. Also, the source of the $25-million has not been
identified and will not come from the $68-million in current C-I-P funding being
doled out by the Finance committee. It will be up to the next Council to
determine where the $25-Million will come from.
Finance Committee recommended funding be approved to maintain current city assets, such as
upgrades to Henderson Pool, Labour Club, Yates Theatre, air conditioning for the
ENMAX Centre and park lighting. They also feel that projects that
were previously approved should continue to move forward. That includes things
like the Regional Police Headquarters Expansion, Crossings Ice Complex, North
Regional Park and the renovation at the Bill Kergan Centre.
decisions made this week are tentative, with full approval by City Council set
for later on in June.
It's expected Finance Committee will debate
other big ticket items on Wednesday morning, including Leisure Centre options
and a new Performing Arts Centre.