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Local governments increasingly accepting credit card payments

January 19, 2013

When citizens were sent various bills by their local city officials, such as excise taxes, parking expenses and other amounts, they used to have to pay in either cash or personal check.

When citizens are sent various bills by their local city officials, such as excise taxes, parking expenses and other amounts, they used to have to pay in either cash or personal check. However, now that technology is expanding, so are the recurring billing payment options available at many city and town halls.

This is the case in Southington, Connecticut, according to the Record-Journal. Town Manager Gerry Brumback ?announced at a recent meeting that citizens can now pay off various expenses using online credit card processing tools offered by various town departments. The intent is to make Town Hall completely digital in the near future.

“This seems like such a convenience to residents,” Town Councilor Dawn Miceli told the news outlet.

The community is the first in the state to use PayGOV for their transaction needs, though the corporation offers services in 30 other states, the Record-Journal detailed.

Another recent example of local lawmakers opening up bill payment options to citizens is in Mountain View, California, where utility expenses can now be paid online using electronic checks and credit cards provided by a number of major companies, Mountain?ViewPatch reported.

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