CICERO – Cicero residents will soon be able to pay their town bills by credit card and avoid carrying wads of cash to the payment window.
Town board members approved a plan that would give residents the option of using a credit card to pay for town services and fees such as water bills, vehicle tags, pet tags and licenses of all sorts.
However, credit cards cannot be used to post bond for those in police custody under the new system.
Senior Accountant Andrew Brown said employees will have to undergo a training period to familiarize themselves with the equipment needed to process credit cards.
"By the time we launch this, every department will be equipped to accept credit cards," he said.
Presently, cash and checks are the only method of payment accepted by the town, Brown said. The credit card plan will bring the town in sync with the way things are done today, he added.
Just about everywhere you go and buy things these days, they accept credit cards," Brown said. "People don't carry cash in large quantities like they once did. This is a way for the town to be more convenient to its residents."
While online payment is not available, Brown said, it is being studied.
The advantages of using a credit card are not limited to customers only.
"It provides less administrative handling of cash and checks and it's less work on the cashiers," brown said. "It's less cumbersome on our employees when closing out at the end of the day."