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All six candidates for public office in Springville say they are aware of citizens' concern over the city's high power rates, but whether they can do anything about it only time will tell.

The problem facing the candidates is that when Springville constructed the Whitehead Power Plant west of the city and upgraded the Spring Creek and Bartholomew facilities, it bonded for more than $17 million. The city will be paying back that obligation until the year 2005. Electricity is also Springville's main source of revenue.However, the new council may already have some of their work done for them. A plan is being implemented that will reduce power rates $200,000 each year for the next two years. Residential rates will be reduced every six months and rates for commercial customers will be reduced every three months.

Running for the office of mayor that will be vacated by Kenneth Creer are William J. Pratt of the Citizens Party and Delora P. Bertelsen of the Progressive Party. The Citizens Party candidates for City Council are Michael V. Jacobsen and Rodney H. Oldroyd. The Progressive Party candidates for City Council are Gordon F. Smith and Glade Y. Creer. Two City Council seats are open.


Delora P. Bertlesen served on Springville's City Council from 1980 to 1987. She served as executive secretary to the administrative assistant to the chief justice of the United States from 1972 to 1976. She is