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County eyes 'plastic' tax payments

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - People who need to pay bills to the county treasurer's office may be able to do so with debit or credit cards in that office, by phone or through the Internet, if Craig Moore's sales pitch was successful.

The representative of an Indianapolis-based service called PayTrust Solutions made the pitch before the Perry County commissioners at their regular meeting Monday.

"It's a convenience-fee-based service," he told the commissioners, explaining 3 percent would be added to bills paid in the office with debit or credit cards, 3.95 percent to those paid online and 4.95 percent for bills paid by phone.

Moore was hoping to help people pay property-tax bills by card, but said his company can also assist with other county payments, such as county-clerk fees and cash bonds for sheriffs' departments. "The county is completely indemnified," he told the commissioners. "You're not charged anything."

In addition to other conveniences, County Treasurer Martha Wooldridge said people would be able to pay their property-tax bills after county offices close. "You'd be surprised how many people use credit cards," Moore said. "It's a good option for people who live out of the county or state. Some people don't care about the fee - it's a convenience for them."

He said, also, "everything is done in real time," explaining payments can be verified as soon as they're made, and checks can be accepted by phone, as well. Commissioners agreed to let the county attorney review the contract.