CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Starting this week, those who come to City Hall to pay their bills can do so by debit or credit card.
Card payments can be taken for water bills, building permits, dog licenses or any other services offered for a fee by the city.
While the city is still allowing residents to pay by cash or check and has offered online bill pay for a few years, City Clerk and Finance Officer Trudy O'Donnell notes that the service was requested by some residents to have the option made available at City Hall.
"Most of the times you had to take a certain percentage of your sales and turn it back into the credit card companies. We didn't feel that we wanted to do that, so some processes and some new programs came around that allowed us to pass that user fee on so we could be able to get all of the money that was owed to us for the water bills and that type of thing."
Mason City allows residents to pay bills online, but does not currently have a credit/debit card reader at City Hall.