Royalton Twp. trustees discuss electronic pay options

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Royalton Township trustees have concerns about allowing residents to pay taxes electronically.

The board had an opportunity Monday night to approve a Point-n-Pay credit card processor at Monday’s board meeting, but many felt they needed more information before moving forward.

“We’re trying to determine how often we are going to use that program,” Supervisor Robert Basselman said. “We’ve asked (Township Manager) Steve (Tilly) to do a little more research. Then we’ll revisit it in another six months.”

Basselman said the board was worried about the 3 percent charge residents would get with each transaction. The rate could prove costly given the size of tax bills.

“We’re concerned it’s a little too expensive,” Basselman said. “If they were to pay $2,000 in taxes, the resident would also pay another $60. If they just wrote us a check, it wouldn’t be an issue.”

Tilly said the township has gotten some requests as late as fall concerning electronic payment for taxes.

Tilly said the reason the township needs a third party to process credit cards is because it collects property taxes and is not authorized to take a percentage of residents’ taxes.

“If we were to run it through a regular MasterCard or VISA processor, we would have to pay the 1.5 percent,” Basselman said. “Three percent is higher through a third party, but that’s why this third-party process is a neat idea if enough people want to pay that way.”

Basselman said there would be no charge to the township if they were to buy a card processor. The only cost the township would incur is the additional software of a one-time purchase.

Other agenda items

The township hired a new plumbing inspector.

Basselman said the township’s previous inspector had some health problems and was unable return.

Trustees signed a resolution for Phyllis Centers to fill in on a needed basis. Basselman said she will not be a township employee and will be a contracted worker.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 16, 2016)

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