City to save $100,000 in credit card fees

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The City of Friendswood could save more than $100,000 in fees after an ordinance was passed at the Feb. 5 City Council meeting at City Hall.

A credit card convenience was unanimously voted in for use in the city.

Staff officials reported to Council that for more than 20 years the City of Friendswood has accepted the expense of credit card processing fees in the payment of administrative fees, municipal court fines, parks and recreation related fees and other City services fees such as animal control related services.

Credit card processing fees have increased to an annual expenditure to the City of approximately $100,000.

The new processing fee will be based on 2.5 percent of the fee charged and will be paid by the customers choosing to use a credit card for payment.

The city did a survey of the surrounding area to see if other cities currently charge credit card convenience fees and found four cities charge: Texas City, Webster, Alvin and Baytown.

In other business at the meeting, the city manager Roger Roecker was given a 3.5 percent salary raise for the new year.

Residents Trish Hanks and Michael Wood declared their candidacies for the upcoming Council seats for Position 3 and Position 1 respectively.

A General City Election was called for May 5, along with a Special Election to fill the remainder for an unexpired term. If needed, a run off election has been approved for June 9.

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