Most people who use water and sewer services from the Town of Smithsburg soon will be paying more, as the Town Council increased water rates while keeping the property tax rates steady.
Water rates and sewer rates will each increase by 3 percent, except for out-of-town, sewer-only customers, according to unanimous votes by the council Tuesday.
The council also voted to maintain a tax rate of 28 cents per $100 of assessed property value. With the increase of the town's assessable base, the town could have maintained its current tax revenues by lowering its rate to 25.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, according to information provided by the town.
"We have not changed our tax rate for at least 50 years," Mayor Mildred "Mickey" L. Myers. "Of course, your assessments have changed, but we have no control over that."