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Orrick to accept credit cards for taxes, fees

The city of Orrick’s alleys received attention at Monday’s meeting when the board of alderman voted to accept bids for grading the pot-holed alleyways. The city will proceed one block at a time, as money allows, and will buy its own gravel to take advantage of the city’s tax-exempt status. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

The city of Orrick’s alleys received attention at Monday’s meeting when the board of alderman voted to accept bids for grading the pot-holed alleyways. The city will proceed one block at a time, as money allows, and will buy its own gravel to take advantage of the city’s tax-exempt status. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Orrick residents who come to city hall to pay taxes and buy animal licenses and building permits will soon be able to do it with plastic.

Aldermen voted Monday to authorize Clerk Tricia Wartenbee to offer the convenience of accepting credit and debit cards for routine transactions. The city already takes cards for residents’ water bills, but will now arrange to have charged transactions other than water payments deposited to the general fund.

The new convenience will cost the city between $40 and $45 a month during slower periods and up to $120 a month when activity picks up. Wartenbee said the busy period for tax payments runs from November through February.

The city’s costs in offering the service will include a monthly base rate and a separate fee for each charge it takes.

The board debated whether the city should take on the new expense, but members agreed that relying on charge cards to pay bills has become a way of life. In response to a board member’s question, Wartenbee said she thought more residents would pay their taxes with the cards because the payments could be spread out over several months.

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