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Our view: Another logical vote

Hard to believe Duluth hasn't long had a Public Utilities Commission. A body loaded with experts that could spend the time necessary to weed through information and reach informed, intelligent conclusions could be of great benefit to taxpaying re...

Hard to believe Duluth hasn't long had a Public Utilities Commission. A body loaded with experts that could spend the time necessary to weed through information and reach informed, intelligent conclusions could be of great benefit to taxpaying residents. As long as its ultimate authority remained with the city leaders we residents elected to represent us.

Such a commission could be an attractive blend of expertise and accountability.

And appears to be on its way -- finally.

The Duluth City Council voted 6-3 this week to create the city's first Public Utilities Commission to set gas, water and sewer rates, among other duties. The vote followed a healthy debate about how many council votes will be necessary to veto the commission's decisions.

With the commission in place, Duluthians will be able to feel more comfortable with the work being done by city employees and with the necessity of rate increases.

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