By Rick Palsgrove
Get ready to pay a little more if you use a credit or debit card for some transactions with the city of Groveport.
Groveport City Council is considering legislation to enact a fixed 3 percent fee on credit/debit card transactions for the recreation department and community affairs department, paid either at a credit/debit card terminal or through the city’s website. If council approves the legislation, the plan is to have the fees take effect on Sept. 1.
Earlier this year council approved placing credit/debit card convenience fees on water/sewer payments and to building and zoning department payments. These fees were effective with the July 1 billings.
The city implemented the credit/debit card convenience fee for utility online payments and utility/building and zoning department payments received at the municipal building. Credit/debit card payments received at the utility/building departments will charge a credit/debit card convenience fee of 3.75 percent with a $3.95 minimum fee per transaction. Online utility payments will be assessed a convenience fee of 2.80 percent per transaction with a fixed fee of $6.99 for utility payments received between $250 and $325 per transaction. Online utility payments exceeding $325.01 will be assessed a variable rate of 3.75 percent.
“The credit/debit card convenience fees are structured so the city will not profit from these charges, but cover the cost of the transactions,” said Finance Director Jason Carr.
The city will continue to accept cash, checks, money orders and beginning July 1, 2020, Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments. If you are interested in this new ACH payment option, please contact the Utility Department (614) 830-2048.