Soon, paying a York City parking ticket will be just a tad less frustrating.
City officials are hoping to unveil an online payment system for parking tickets and other traffic citations in the next few months, business administrator Michael O'Rourke said this week.
Parking tickets are the second phase of the city's movement toward web-based payments.
The city started offering online payments for sewer and trash-collection customers in December. About 50 people have taken advantage of it so far, O'Rourke said.
"It's convenience for the customers, and that's basically it," he said. "People are becoming more accustomed to paying for things electronically. And we've gotten quite a lot of inquiries and even some complaints that we don't take online payments over the past couple of years."
And, there's hope the convenience of the new system will translate into more payments — which means more revenue for the cash-strapped city.
The city is not doing away with traditional payment methods, O'Rourke said.
"You can mail the payment in. You can come in to City Hall and pay it," he said, adding that credit cards and automatic account deductions also remain options.
Eventually, the city will offer online payment as an option for all kinds of bills and fees, O'Rourke said. Examples include false-alarm fees, tenant-occupied license fees and property taxes.
O'Rourke said he's not sure what order will follow parking tickets.
But property taxes will surely be last, he said.
That's because state law prohibits municipalities from covering the cost of the transaction fee when a property owner uses a credit card to pay his or her bill. The city needs a solution to that problem before offering online payments for property taxes.
"With everything that we bill, except real-estate taxes, we are able to cover the fee as part of our transaction," O'Rourke said. "I don't know why that is. It's the law. I don't know what the sense of it is."
Sewer and refuse payments can be made on the city's website, www.yorkcity.org/sewer-payments.
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