County Discussing Fee For Using Credit Cards

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Some Sedgwick County leaders are leaning towards charging taxpayers a fee, if they use a credit card to pay their taxes.

Currently, the county pays about $1.2 million dollars in credit card fees when residents use plastic to pay for property taxes. Sedgwick county is the only Kansas county that does not require taxpayers to pick up the fee.

Jim Skelton, Commissioner, said that his district advisory board voted in favor of the fees. He said residents can use cash or check if they don't want to be charged a fee.

VISA has said if the county charges taxpayers the fee it will cancel it's contract with the county. The credit card company cancelled in Johnson County when leaders there turned the credit card fees over to the public.

The fees would also apply to debit cards.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the proposal within the next couple of weeks.

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