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March 24, 2014

Town of P'burgh to accept credit cards for utility payments

PLATTSBURGH — Town of Plattsburgh water and wastewater customers may soon have the option to pay their bills by credit card. 

At its most recent meeting, the Town Council passed a resolution to enter into a contract for that service with Value Payment Systems, based in Nashville, Tenn. 

Town Tax Receiver and Collector Jacqueline Bellew said the town has offered that option for tax bills for several years. She has had requests to add the option for town utility bills, which allows people to pay online up until midnight of the day their bill is due.

“The whole idea is for the convenience of the taxpayer,” she said. “I think this is going to start slow, but I think it is going to grow very fast.” 

TWO-YEAR CONTRACT

For water and wastewater customers who pay by credit card, there will be an additional fee — a minimum of $1.75 or 2.54 percent of their bill, whichever is greater.

The addition of Water and Wastewater department bills will come at no cost to the town, she said.

The contract would be for two years, with an automatic one-year renewal. Either party can opt out by giving 30 days notice.

The resolution came with the condition that a final contract be approved by town attorney James Coffey and the town’s insurance provider. 

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett told the Press-Republican later that he had received an email from Value Payment Systems that stated they were willing to work with the town on any concerns in the contract.

“We will get all the questions responded to and resolved before it (contract) is signed,” he said. 

“I’ve been very happy with the service of Value Payments,” Bellew said.

‘OUTSTANDING JOB’

In other business, Town Budget Officer Diane Miller has announced her retirement effective Oct. 12. Her last day of work is actually scheduled for April 1, and she is expected to use time owed for the remainder of her time with the town.

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