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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • City to continue accepting credit/debit card payments

  • Payments to the city of Hannibal can still be made with credit or debit cards, but customers can expect to pay a “convenience fee” when they use that method beginning next month.
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  • Payments to the city of Hannibal can still be made with credit or debit cards, but customers can expect to pay a “convenience fee” when they use that method beginning next month.
    The city began to examine its policy of accepting credit or debit card payments after it began being billed per transaction. An assortment of options were considered, ranging from ceasing to accept all payments made by credit or debit cards, to absorbing the monthly fee.
    A majority of the payments received in the city collector’s office are Board of Public Works bills, for which the city receives a $1 collection fee from the BPW. But even that fee wasn’t enough to offset the credit and debit card use charges the city was paying month, which ranged from between $250 to $512 a month, according to Phyllis Nelson, city collector.
    At one point during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, a motion was made for the city to cease entirely accepting credit- and debit-card payments. However, the proposal was withdrawn after Andy Dorian, director of the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department, told the Council cutting off payments made by credit and debit cards would cause “quite an inconvenience” since fuel purchases in the marina are frequently paid for by using either type of card.
    City Attorney James Lemon proposed the city continue to accept credit and debit card payments, but charging those who choose to pay by that method a “convenience fee.” The fee assessed customers will be $1.50 for transactions $50 or less. Above $50 the cost will be 2.49 percent of the transaction cost.
    The city’s new policy, which will likely be implemented in early October after the city converts to the GovTeller system, does not impact residents wishing to make credit or debit payments directly to the BPW, which has chosen to pay all credit card charges as a normal part of doing business.
    There will be no “convenience fee” assessed people paying by check or cash.
    People showing up at city hall who only have a credit or debit card will be allowed to use the “house phone” in the collector’s office to call the BPW and pay their bill via telephone.
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