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Smithville, DUD battle ends
The new DUD treatment plant.
After more than three years, the legal battle between the City of Smithville and the DeKalb Utility District (DUD) has come to an end. Chancellor Ronald Thurman dismissed a DUD complaint against the city and the city’s counter claim against the DUD on May 22, with both sides agreeing to the measure. The affair began when the DUD filed a complaint in February, 2014 after city aldermen raised the rate it was charging the DUD from $2.67 to $5.00 per thousand gallons, the rate that all other city water customers were paying.