Utility To Charge Extra For Credit Card Payments

July 10, 2012 12:00 AM
Utility To Charge Extra For Credit Card Payments
" ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) - An Atlanta suburb plans to add a $3.25 fee to utility bills for customers who use a credit card.

Officials report the Marietta Board of Lights and Water wants to require the fee for residential customers paying with credit cards. Officials say they also plan to eliminate credit card transactions for commercial customers altogether.

The seven-member board made the change Monday in a 7-0 vote. The City Council must adopt the change at its Wednesday meeting for the new policy to become official.

Bob Lewis, general manager of the city-owned utility, says banks that process the credit card payments charge transaction fees. Lewis said credit card transaction fees have risen for the city’s utility from $300,000 to $700,000 over the past four years. "

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