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BELLAIRE – Paying bills should be a bit easier for residents of Bellaire, but when paying online with a credit card there will be an additional charge.

City Councilor Elizabeth Dugmore inquired about an information technology person formerly employed by the village and asked if that person was still available. She said she was told he was a “as required” contractor when City Councilor Mike Doyle said someone would be needed as new credit card machines had arrived with new accounts opened.

Doyle said he would contact the IT specialist to work with United Bank to set up the new credit card machines.

“And we will gradually eliminate the others” he said, adding that every account within the village is different because the income tax and the mayor’s offices “doing very little business there.”

“Most of it is with the water service”, said Doyle. “So they get the high percentage discount, so if you have three different structures (with) the water that’s most chosen, they’ll get the biggest discount. “ Doyle said of these charges.

Treasurer Tom Sable later said the fee would be around 3.5% and would be passed on to the customer.

Doyle then asked if these machines could be configured with the mayor’s office to allow those fined by the mayor’s court another payment option.

“I believe the mayor’s office can collect fines and go through the credit card system”, said Treasurer Tom Sable. “It’s another form of payment. “

He explained that the bank structured the percentages based on the fact that the mayor’s yard was less than $ 10,000 in collection per year and that the income tax was $ 21,000.

“This is how United structured the percentages”, Sable said.

The Board also discussed how customers would be notified of the additional charges by believing they would appear on their receipts. Sable said, “By law, this must appear on their receipt. “

“We should have it on our website, on our paid site, and that will have to be adjusted there,” he said, referring to the extra amount charged to pay a bill online. “At the moment, we don’t charge any percentage because we don’t have separate lines for it, so we absorb all the costs.”

He said the heaviest costs came from the water utility and estimated it to be $ 800 per month.

“Okay, we want these costs to be covered” said Dugmore. “But we also want people to be informed as quickly as possible.”

Sable said they should have more information by the next meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at the municipal building.

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