JAY – Selectmen have opted not to pursue accepting credit cards at the Town Office for services, including paying taxes and reregistering vehicles.
The board reached a consensus on the matter at a meeting Feb. 11, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said.
Some people coming to the counter ask about using credit cards to pay for services, Cushman said. Each year, the staff asks selectmen how they feel about it.
It would mean there would be a surcharge for a transaction of more than $40 of 2.5 percent that would be passed on to the customer, she said. Under $40 is a $1 surcharge.
“The town would have to buy the program, pay licensing fees and purchase equipment, and selectmen felt this is not something we want to pursue at this time,” Cushman said.
The cost of the program software is $875, and $150 for the licenses, which does not include the swipe machine, she said.
However, there is a place on the town's website, www.jay-maine.org, where residents may connect to the state's Rapid Renewal Service for renewals of registrations for motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, for which credit cards can be used, she said.
There is also a spot on Maine.gov to purchase fishing and hunting licenses. Once at Maine.gov, go to MOSES (the Maine Online Sportsman Electronic System). Credit cards are accepted at the site.