PayGOV LLC (www.paygov.us) announced this week that Conrad citizens are now able to pay utility payments by credit or debit card at the city office, over the Internet (http://www.paygov.us) or via 24/7 live operators at 1-866-480-8552.
Conrad is one of the latest Montana municipalities to offer electronic payments. They join Columbus, Ennis, Laurel, Hardin and West Yellowstone along with hundreds of other municipalities.
“The city understands many residents face financial struggles and that we are in the midst of a difficult economy,” commented Mayor Wendy Judisch.
In order to remain sustainable it is vital that every avenue be explored to limit municipal costs while increasing revenue collection.
“The city is continually reviewing expenditures and cost savings initiatives to better service our citizens,” says Judisch.
Judisch, is spearheading the effort to modernize bill paying at the city office.
“We have been reviewing our options to offer electronic payments for some time. Until now the service was considered cost prohibitive,” she said.
The mayor went on to say, “We chose PayGOV because of their reputation for customer service. We needed a program that could be provided at no cost to the city. PayGOV meets these needs by assessing a nominal convenience fee paid only by users of the program.”
The program is being used just for utilities before the city considers possible expansion to other departments.
PayGOV.US, is a provider of electronic payment options based in Indianapolis, Ind., was a 2009 Indiana Companies to Watch award winner. They have similar agreements with government entities and utilities in over 20 states.
PayGOV.US assesses a nominal convenience fee processing these transactions.
American Express®, MasterCard®, Discover® and VISA® along with debit cards carrying a MasterCard® or Visa® are accepted by the program. Citizens using credit cards with bonus rewards programs can, depending on their card’s program, earn rewards, points and cash-back on airline frequent flyer miles.
The city does not retain any portion of the nominal convenience fee.