By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
Lethbridge County’s newest Schedule of Fees bylaw features only small increases to landing fees at the Lethbridge Airport.
During their regular Jan. 16 meeting, Lethbridge County council reviewed the proposed Bylaw 19-003 — or the 2019 Schedule of Fees bylaw.
The bylaw aims to update the county’s Schedule of Fees bylaw in response to budget deliberations and the approval of the operating budget.
According to the document accompanying the bylaw, the only increase this year is a two per cent increase to International Landing Fees for the Lethbridge Airport.
Coun. Steve Campbell asked if it was a request from the City of Lethbridge, the owner of the airport, to increase the fees.
Tracy Anderson, director of corporate service for the county, replied that it was included in the 2019 budget, so they just “followed through with it”.
“Next year, all of these fees will be removed from our fees bylaw, and they’ll will go into their fees bylaw,” said Anderson.
“It’s very small, I think the entire things amounts to less then $1,000 in revenue.”
Anderson said that the country did present the bylaw to the city, so they know that there was an increase to the airport fees.
According to the bylaw, the fee affects the International Flight Landing Charge Per 1,000 kg or fraction thereof for a Piston Aircraft, Jet Aircraft or Turboprop Aircraft. Aircraft weighing not more than 21,000 kg have an increase from $11.45 to $11.68 per 1,000 kg; weighing more than 21,000 kg but not more than 45,000 kg have an increase from $14.43 to $14.72 per 1,000 kg; and weighing more than 45,000 kg have an increase from $17.03 to $17.37 per kg.
Council unanimously passed first, second and third and final reading for the bylaw. Coun. Ken Benson was absent from the meeting.