By STEVEN T. DENNIS
A $20,000-a-month dispute between Washington County and the towns of Smithsburg and Williamsport over sewer rates remained unresolved Tuesday.
Dawn Barnes, county water and sewer finance officer, said the two towns owed the county more than $100,000 each on June 30, after about 10 months of bills had been paid.
The towns, which had agreements on sewer service with the county's defunct Sanitary Commission, have refused to pay higher rates imposed by the Washington County Commissioners on July 1, 1996.
They based the refusal on the fact that the county didn't notify them of the rate increases in time to meet notification deadlines set in their contracts. The new rates are about double what the towns are paying.