A plan to charge a small fee for people paying bills to the city of Clinton with a bank card was finalized last night. At their January meeting, Clinton City Council gave second and final reading approval to an ordinance authorizing the City Manager to institute new transaction fees to be charged to those paying with credit or debit cards.
City Manager Frank Stovall told council that the city had been absorbing the transaction fees charged by Evalon, the firm the city has been using to process the card transactions. During 2012 those fees amounted to more than $22,000.
Mr. Stovall recommended changing the city’s card processing services to SC.GOV which will charge a lower fee AND instituting a fee of 1.7% plus one dollar for each transaction. He told council that taking this action should completely eliminate the expense to the city while not placing a serious burden on those who wish to use the convenience of paying with a card.
He further pointed out that anyone who does not wish to pay the fee has several other options available. They can pay in cash, with a check, a money order or via bank draft. Using any of these options will avoid the transaction fee associated with the use of a credit or debit card.
Council’s vote was unanimous to approve the switch in processing companies and to begin charging the transaction fees.