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City governments explore credit card payments

August 22, 2012

Many communities hope to make paying fees owed to the city or town easier by letting residents pay with credit cards.

Many communities hope to make paying fees owed to the city or town easier by letting residents pay with credit cards. In some places, the issue comes down to how much local leaders are willing to pay to upgrade a system.

In Lockport, New York, officials are poised to decide on whether or not people will be able to complete transactions with credit cards during an upcoming vote, the Buffalo News reports. One of the deciding factors will be whether or not the city’s existing software programs are able to work with the payment processing technology, and which firms had the right tools to help implement the service.

City treasurer Michael White said he expected firms such as M&T Bank to be in the running to provide the merchant services-related service.

“I do not anticipate any problem, because M&T’s a pretty big player in the banking and credit card industry,” White said in an interview with the source.

Other cities have explored new payment options. In Cobb County, Georgia, the school system will allow parents to pay for lunch programs with an iPhone or iPad application, the Acworth Patch reports.

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