Utilities and Municipal Government in Lethbridge
Lethbridge is one of the fastest growing cities in Western Canada. This gem of a city offers a wide range of affordable housing and economic opportunities, even for families looking for a more laid back, slower paced lifestyle than bigger centres have to offer. Although Lethbridge is growing at a very good pace, the city has done a great job at implementing green spaces and recreational centres, while keeping its historic roots and culture.
Here is an overview of the role the city government plays in Lethbridge and what you can expect if you choose to make my city your home.
Lethbridge’s city council is comprised of a 9 member council, headed by the mayor. Similar to most Canadian cities the council is elected to a 4 year term. Lethbridge’s city council is responsible for passing and implementing the city bylaws, collecting property tax, and the approval and overall direction of spending for city projects.
The Vision and Mission Statement of Lethbridge’s city council is:
- “Work together to ensure that Lethbridge demonstrates active leadership in environmental stewardship and innovation, and is recognized as being a safe, healthy, vibrant, prosperous, economically viable place where all people can fully participate in community life.”
The city of Lethbridge provides a wide range of services that fall under the category of utilities. These services include water distribution, electric, garbage collection, recycling programs as well as sewer and solid waste services. Each home in Lethbridge is offered various services and options on how they can pay and manage their utility account.
Garbage Collection, Recycling and Composting
Lethbridge strives to reduce waste disposal by offering a wide range of strategies and services to its residents and small businesses. The city is in collaboration with Environment Lethbridge to build awareness in its recycling, waste reduction, and management services.
Part of this program is the Curbside Recycling Service that diverts many household products away from landfills and into one of three recycling plants in the city. A compostable feature to this program is currently being debated by city council, which could be added in 2019.
Electricity and natural gas products and services are competitive in Alberta. You are free to choose what company you want to provide your electrical needs. The City of Lethbridge offers rates to small businesses as well as residents as an alternative to the electricity retailers in the area. The city is currently upgrading its electrical equipment to become even more competitive and to integrate renewable energy sources into its grid.
All of Lethbridge’s city structures, including community halls, sports and leisure centres are as energy efficient as possible with the aim of reducing the city’s carbon footprint and lowering overall costs.
Water, Sewer and Solid Waste
The City of Lethbridge gets its water from the Oldman River, which is treated into safe, clean drinking water. The Lethbridge water treatment plant handles an average of 53 million litres of high quality drinking water a day. Residential homes and businesses are charged for water usage as part of their utility bill.
Lethbridge’s sewer and storm water is collected and treated in one of 26 different water management facilities. These facilities process and treat over 80 million litres of waste water per day. The treated water is then discharged back into the Oldman River. These services are also part of your overall Lethbridge utility bill.
Lethbridge’s property taxes are broken into three different areas. One is the municipal portion which is about 76% – this is the portion of your property tax set by city council. In addition to the municipal portion, your property taxes also include a provincial education portion which is an educational tax – 23% of your total tax bill. Finally, a Green Acres portion (1%) to help pay for senior citizen housing management. Lethbridge’s property taxes are due on June 29 of each year.
The tax installment pre-payment plan allows you to spread your property tax payments out over a number of months instead of paying one lump sum in June.
Property taxes pay for the following essential services:
- Police, firefighting and emergency rescue.
- Recreation and community centres, libraries, parks and other corporate services.
- Infrastructure such as streets and roads.
- Programs to build stronger communities.
Hospitals and Clinics
Lethbridge’s local hospital, Chinook Regional Hospital is part of Alberta Health Services, or ABH. ABH is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully integrated health service. Chinook Regional Hospital provides a wide range of healthcare services and includes a 24/7 Emergency Ward. The Jack Ady Cancer Centre is also located within the Chinook Regional Hospital. This centre provides chemotherapy treatment as well as outpatient care for the City of Lethbridge and surrounding areas.
Some important contact numbers to know for Lethbridge are:
- 911 - Emergency
- 811 – 24 Emergency Health Advice
- 403-328-4444 – Police (non-emergency)
Lethbridge – Services and Vision
Lethbridge’s municipal government continues to provide its residents with excellent services while developing and growing the city’s economic and residential opportunities. These services as well as the overall vision and future growth plans of the city are more reasons why Lethbridge continues to be one of Alberta’s most enviable and sought after places to live.
I have lived in Lethbridge for 45 years and enjoy many of the great aspects the city has to offer. I have been involved in real estate for many years and have been recognized as a top 10 real estate agent by REMAX. This means I can help you find the home for you.
I would love to show you some of the exciting, affordable properties that Lethbridge has to offer and to show you why Lethbridge is a great place to live. I look forward to speaking with you soon.