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Tax Bills Can Be Paid With Plastic

Pratt Wilkinson

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – County residents will soon be able to pay by credit card for everything from car tags and property taxes to garbage fees.
Supervisors approved the use of credit cards during their meeting Tuesday in Coffeeville after a presentation by Pratt Wilkinson, representative of Security Card Services of Oxford.
The Velocity Payment System will get a “trial run” in the office of Tax Assessor/Collector Linda Shuffield first and then be implemented in the other county offices.
“We’re going to use Linda as a guinea pig,” said Chancery Clerk Amy McMinn, “and see how she likes it.”
“We’ll implement it in my office for past due property taxes,” she continued and added that other officers that could benefit would be the Justice Court clerks, the garbage collection clerk and Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney.
“I’d like to implement it across the board,” Supervisor Lee McMinn added. “I can understand waiting to see how it works in Linda’s office, but I can’t imagine it not being well received.”
Wilkinson explained that the system accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards and adds another form of payment for the customer.
For the convenience of using a credit card, customers will pay a 2.65 percent service fee. He said that when a card is used, there is a duel transaction. The county gets the payment and the  processing fee goes into a separate account handled by Govolution to pay for the service.

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