You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Dole settles civil suits related to listeria outbreak

Clark allows online bill pay

Which county departments will use service remains uncertain.


Thousands of Clark County residents might be able to pay utility bills and other county payments online with a credit card by the end of the year.

The Board of Clark County Commissioners approved the opening of bids for allowing online credit card payments at Wednesday night’s meeting at Springview Government Center. They’re hoping to have the payment systems available later this year or early 2014.

“We have a demand for it,” Clark County Administrator Nathan Kennedy said. “We’re hoping to have it up and running and soon as we can. We know it’s something we really need to do.”

Commissioner John Detrick called it “a step into the 21st century” for county government.

“We’ve got 11,000 water and sewer customers, and this gives them another avenue to pay us,” Detrick said. “It’s just a convenience.”

The county could use up to four different vendors for the services, including First Billing, Govolution, Gov Pay Net, Paymentus, according to Kennedy, because each vendor can interface with the different systems used by each department.

The services will be paid for through a convenience charge collected for the online bill pay.

“We don’t have to pay anything,” Kennedy said. “There’s still costs in changing websites and things like that.”

Kennedy was unaware what the convenience charge cost would be, but said it will be “a nominal fee.” The city allows residents to pay utility bills online, charging approximately $3 per $100 paid.

Kennedy said the immediate focus is on water and sewer billing, but other departments could begin accepting online payments this year. The only bill residents can currently pay online is dog tag registration through the auditor’s office, which has a separate statute under the Ohio Revised Code.

Kennedy said some county offices are ready to begin accepting online payments, while others are not, meaning the program’s implementation will take longer for certain offices. The decision to use online bill pay will rest with each elected county official in that department.

They’re still ironing out the details on which departments will have online capabilities.

“It really depends on what department and which elected official,” Kennedy said.

Mad River Twp. resident Kathy Voytko was excited to hear the news at Tuesday evening’s meeting. She said the only bill pay she has to write a check for is her water bill.

“Now I’ll be able to pay it online like everything else,” Voytko said.

She believes the option will help residents save time through automatic account withdrawals.

“Most people, young people especially, would rather pay everything online,” Voytko said. “It’ll be great. We’ve been waiting a long time for this.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Dole settles civil suits related to listeria outbreak
Dole settles civil suits related to listeria outbreak

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. has settled two separate civil lawsuits related to a listeria outbreak last year tied to the company’s Springfield plant. Court documents filed in U.S. District Court show the company recently reached settlement agreements with plaintiffs in two separate cases. The terms of both agreements were not disclosed. The most...
Kindhearted cops give homeless man makeover
Kindhearted cops give homeless man makeover

A police department’s act of kindness for a New York man who they say has been “down on his luck” is going viral. The Rome Police Department on Tuesday shared photos of the man, whom they identified as Bobby, before and after he was given a haircut, a shave, a shower and new clothing. “Bobby left looking like a whole new person...
Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments
Sheriff reassigns, suspends Sidney HS SRO for inappropriate comments

A Shelby County Sheriffs deputy who reported Thursday that he made inappropriate comments to a female student at Sidney High School has been reassigned and suspended without pay. Deputy Anthony Cipollone worked as a school resource officer at the high school and has been with the sheriff’s office since July 2015, according to a release from Chief...
NICU babies get hero capes for Superheroes Day
NICU babies get hero capes for Superheroes Day

They are some of the smallest fighters, but they, and their parents, are heroes in their own right. And to honor the children being taken care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Allegheny Health network in Pittsburgh, the newborns got their own super hero capes in honor of National Superhero Day. >> Read more trending news The national observation...
Study: Pot shops lead to more property crime in nearby neighborhoods
Study: Pot shops lead to more property crime in nearby neighborhoods

Neighborhoods with nearby legal marijuana stores see more property crime each year than those without pot shops, according to new research from an Ohio State University social work professor who examined three years of data in Denver. “If you’re looking strictly from a public health standpoint, there is reason to be somewhat concerned about...
More Stories