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      Power of the people has commission thinking

      Monday, the Marquette City Commission took up the issue of a proposed rate hike by the Board of Light and Power. The BLP has a plan for an 8.5 percent increase for each of the next three years. Commissioners felt residents and businesses needed more time to adjust their budgets.

      Representatives from the Marquette Public Schools and Northern Michigan University addressed the commission. Marquette says they'll have to pay more than $100,000 over the three years. NMU will have to pay an additional $600,000.

      "In reality we have a great public utility--low rates, well managed with great employees--and I think we're all on the same side. We want what's best for the city," said Commissioner Mike Coyne.

      The commission voted to table the issue until the October 28 meeting.