VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — Indiana’s oldest city will soon accept debit cards as a way to pay parking tickets, rental fees and city services.
Vincennes officials signed a contract last week with PayGov, an online service that lets government entities process electronic payments, The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reported .
The service charges customers a $1 fee for payments up to $33. Payments exceeding that amount are charged a 3 percent fee of the total cost.
Mayor Joe Yochum said he has asked for years when the city would accept debit cards for transactions.
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“There was always a delay, some reason why we couldn’t get it done,” he said. “But now, we are.”
PayGov will begin training city officials with equipment next week. Yochum hopes to implement the new payment system before Memorial Day weekend.
Residents will soon be able to use a debit card to pay for things like trash stickers, parking tickets, park rental fees and passes to the community pool, the mayor said.
“We’re just trying to get up to speed with the way people like to pay for things,” he said. “So many people don’t carry cash anymore.”
It also simplifies the process for city employees, he said.
“There are a lot of steps, a lot of needed checks and balances when dealing with cash that we won’t have to do as much of now, I’m sure,” Yochum said. “This is going to eliminate a lot of that headache.”
Vincennes was founded in 1732.
Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com