There is a service at https://www.officialpayments.com that I was looking into that processes credit card payments for taxes and town utility bills.  If you go to the site and click on "Payment Center," you can see how it works.  I believe there is no cost to the town, but there is a "convenience fee" an individual would have to pay to the company.  You can also see what other Vermont towns use it and call them for a reference of how they like it.
Jennifer R. Peterson
Town Clerk/Treasurer
Town of Waitsfield
Nine Bridge Street
Waitsfield, VT  05673
802-496-2218
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Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 1:25 PM
Subject: Re: credit cards & direct debit


I have been told that the Town of Shelburne just negotiated a credit card contract with Chittenden Bank, at no cost to the Town [users pay the fees].  You might give them a call.

Weathersfield will offering the direct debit option with the FY08 tax year.


At 03:27 PM 4/16/2007, you wrote:
First, I am interested to know how many of you are using credit/debit cards for receipt of taxes, dog licenses, zoning permits, etc?  I would also like to have some idea of the cost per year to your town for the use of the cards.
 
Second:  How many of you are using the direct debit through NEMRC cash receipt/tax administration?  Has it improved collections?  Made it more efficient?
 
Mary Ann
Morristown

Larry J. Melen, Weathersfield Town Manager
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