Logan Mayoral candidates on electric power costs

All four candidates running for Logan mayor say they would like to see the tax and fee burden on residents and small businesses reduced. At a candidate forum last night incumbent Mayor Randy Watts said the city’s electrical power department is the city’s ‘ace in the hole’ because, he says, it’s an enterprise fund that helps keep property taxes down. Challenger Mike Morrill said Logan’s electrical rates are higher than Rocky Mountain Power’s and he would work to bring them down. “I’d really like to look at our utilities and the cost too,” Morrill said, “not only as a business but also publicly for everyone.” Morrill also said the city should continue efforts to lower costs to its consumers. “There’s got to be something that we can do with our utilities going forward to bring them down and not be charging higher prices than what’s available to us as we step outside Logan city limits.” Candidate Marc Haws said it would help bring new businesses in if taxes and fees could be lowered and John P. Clay agreed. Clay said the city does not get a lot of revenue from property tax, anyway.

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