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County to vote on accepting credit cards

LOCK HAVEN — It looks like the county will soon be accepting credit cards.

The Clinton County commissioners opened discussion on the item at Monday’s work session and plan to vote on the matter at their next voting session on Thursday, August 22.

“In this day and age, you almost have to accept credit card payments. We are well past that point,” court administrator Don Powers said.

Powers said the county will accept these transactions through a company called GovPayNet.

“Credit card transaction is what they do. Anytime a person pays with a credit card, that processing comes with a fee of about 3 percent. Typically the business is charged that fee, but in this circumstance the card user is assessed the fee of 2.15 percent. So there is absolutely zero cost to the county,” Powers said.

GovPayNet is a category leader and a solution-oriented processor of credit and debit card payments to government agencies. They handle more than 2.1 million payments annually to over 2,600 agencies in 36 states reaching more than 26% of all U.S. counties, according to their website. Over 20 years of service to government agencies demonstrates our commitment to superior and innovative payment solutions, it reads.

Powers further explained that each office will need a “little box” processor connected to the office computers to secure internet via a USB port, and minimal IT support.

Commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz thanked Powers for the “groundwork” and said the board will add these contracts to the agenda for their voting session on August 22.

Smeltz also noted that the board is considering the installation of an automated teller machine (ATM) at the county’s Piper Building, 2 Piper Way, Lock Haven, and that will be another item on the agenda August 22. County chief clerk Jann Meyers said there will be three proclamations coming in the next month or so, celebrating Women’s Equality Day, Clinton County Museum Month and recognition of local baseball and softball all stars.

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