Residents of McPherson County may soon have another option at the treasurer’s office when it comes to paying taxes and tags. County Treasurer Brenda Becker presented a request to the McPherson County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting to begin accepting credit card payments for vehicle tags and property tax payments. Becker hopes by adding a credit and debit card option, lines will move more quickly during peak times.
The commission, however, did not sign off on the request, but instead asked Becker to bring back more information.
Commission Chairman Ron Loomis wanted to know if a separate bank account should be used since the credit card company would have authority to make withdrawals from the account. County Administrator Rick Witte said having the credit cards flow through the county’s main bank account might put large sums of money at risk.
Loomis would also like to hear some feedback from other counties that accept credit cards and Becker said she would speak with Leavenworth County, which uses the same vendor.
Another concern raised was whether the county would have statutory authority to collect if a credit card was denied or a stolen credit card was used.
Becker said the same procedure would be used as when the county collected on a bad check.
Customers using a credit card will have to pay a convenience charge ranging from two-and-a-half to five percent depending on the type of card used.
In other business:
• The commission approved requests from Community Corrections Director Janet Cagle to use Juvenile Justice Authority unexpended funds from 2008 to give a 50-cent an hour raise to on-call intake workers for a total cost of $5,760 and contribute $1,894.74 to the purchase of a copier for the Harvey County office.
• The 2009 holiday calendar was set.
• A personnel change notice for Anna Wagoner, county clerk’s office, for end of probation was approved.
The commission meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the fifth floor conference room of the county building at 122 W. Marlin St.