LA VILLA, Texas -

(AP) - Some six weeks after a dispute over water bills shutdown four schools in a small South Texas town, the district and city officials still have not signed a longer term deal.   

The McAllen Monitor reports Saturday (http://bit.ly/1gJbxu1) that while La Villa municipal officials and the district agreed in principle to a new water rate, the agreement has not yet been signed. The dispute caused the district's four schools to close for several days after Christmas break was supposed to end. 

The dispute erupted after the sides agreed to a $6 surcharge in 2012 for the district. The city unilaterally increased the price to $14, but the district continued to pay the $6 rate. So the city shut off the schools' water supply, citing the district's failure to pay the bill.