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Recorder, clerk seek to accept credit card payments

by Rob Burgess - rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com

Wabash County recorder Eric Rish and clerk Lori Draper submitted a request to begin handling credit card payments during Monday’s county commissioners meeting.

Draper said customers could currently only pay by cash or money order, “and a check if you’re a local law firm.”

Draper said in the recorder’s office, customers could pay by either check or cash.

“We’ve had some issues with personal checks,” she said.

Draper said they had received several requests from customers to pay using alternate methods.

“A lot of people come in with their credit card,” she said.

Draper said the company they were interested in partnering with was Indianapolis-based Government Payment Service, or GovPayNet.

GovPayNet only processes payments made using cards that have the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover card brands, according to their website.

Draper said with GovPayNet, once the payment had processed, that would be the end of it.

“Once that is paid, it’s paid,” she said. “They can’t back out of the payment.”

The company’s website stated anyone who paid the wrong amount would have to go through the agency they were paying.

“If you made an over payment, the agency will contact GovPayNet to issue you a refund of the amount you overpaid,” stated the company’s website.

Draper said there would be no cost to the county for the service and the customer would pay the user fee up front at the time of the transaction.

“The money flows the same as it does the recorder’s office currently with the e-filing, and it so it will be the same for us,” she said. “It will be directly deposited into our accounts from the credit card companies.”

Draper then asked for permission to submit the agreement to the county attorney before further permission could be given to proceed.

There were no objections from the commissioners, and the motion to review the agreement was approved unanimously.