City Hall accepting electronic payments
January 28. 2014 12:44PM
Dell Rapids residents can now use plastic at City Hall.
For the first time ever, the City of Dell Rapids has the ability to accept credit and debit card payments for utility bills, building permits, campground reservations, pool passes and any other publicly provided goods or services.
City administrator Justin Weiland said officials at City Hall are asked daily if credit cards are accepted for utility payments, and as a result, the city council in 2012 authorized City Finance Officer LeAnne Kerzman to find a credit card merchant provider and access fees associated with using them.
An agreement with GovTeller, a credit card merchant used by 49 counties in South Dakota including Minnehaha County, was reached earlier this month.
“There are a lot of different vendors that (she) has visited with and this is the lowest fees for the consumer and no fees for the city,” Weiland said.
By law, when someone uses their credit or debit card at a private business, the credit card merchant fees are the burden of the business. But government entities are allowed to pass that cost on to the consumer.
“It’s a customer’s choice to use a credit card so they pay the fee,” Kerzman said.
“It’s not going to cost everyone – the taxpayers – if Joe Schmoe is using a credit card,” he said.
Kerzman said the average fee paid by the consumer would be about $3.
Eventually, the city hopes to have the capability to accept payments online as well, Weiland said.