Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Commissioners Lower Online Tax Fees; Talk Breastfeeding [Corrected 10/19/12]

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Commissioners Lower Online Tax Fees; Talk Breastfeeding [Corrected 10/19/12]

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Taxpayers who pay their taxes online should see a decrease in service fees, thanks to a new agreement approved by County Commissioners Tuesday night. In the past, those who used a Visa debit card to pay their tax bills were assessed a 2.75 percent service fee, or $27.50 per $1,000. Now, they will be charged only a $3.95 flat fee.

"As soon as this is signed, I see this going into effect as soon as possible," said Vanderburgh County Treasurer Rick Davis, who negotiated the new terms with Official Payments, the county's vendor.

"Good work," said Commission President Marsha Abell.

That $3.95 flat fee applies only to Visa debit cards. For Visa credit cards and cards of any type issued by other major companies, the 2.75 percent convenience fee drops to 2.6 percent.

For those paying with electronic check, the fee dips to $1.95 per transaction from $3.

Davis said he sought these fee reductions in late August because Offi-cial Payments wanted to go to a $3.95 flat fee for all transactions.

He said he scouted other companies and eventually worked out the current deal with Official Payments. "This is the greatest good for the greatest number of people," Davis said.

Davis - who told Commissioners the office accepted only Discover cards when he came in 2009 - said electronic transactions are on the rise.

Between fiscal year 2010 (which ended Jun. 30 that year) and fiscal year 2012, transactions jumped to 2,789 from 1,711, a 63 percent increase.

The treasurer's office saw $1.2 million worth of transactions in fiscal year 2010. That number more than doubled to $2.67 million in fiscal year 2012.

BREAST FEEDING

Representatives from the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program made a presentation on breast feeding Tuesday in response to one Commissioner's comments on the topic at the Oct. 2 meeting.

Janice Hatler, a registered nurse and lactation consultant at Deaconess Women's Hospital, spoke about the program and addressed Commissioner Joe Kiefer, who previously questioned why grant money should be used for such a program if mothers have been breast feeding since the "beginning of time. …

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