Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Website offers new options for payments

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

July 11, 2013

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Residents can pay property taxes, water bills and more through the city’s updated website,

The convenience of online payments carries transaction fees of up to 3 percent.

Transaction fees are paid to Point & Pay, not the city, according to Shane Reeside. Grosse Pointe Farms city manager.

“We don’t generate additional revenue by taking payments online,” Reeside said.

Water customers can review their consumption history online using the account number on their water bills.

Not all residents are expected to make payments over the Internet.

“It’s an option some residents requested,” Reeside said.

Payment methods include credit and debit cards.

“You can use Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any check payment line,” said John Lamerato, finance director.

Online summer and winter tax payments must be paid in full, Lamerato added.

The site also provides for payment of dog licenses, if rabies vaccination is current, plus registration and payment for parks and recreation programs.

“We’d sometimes have people lined up two hours before registration opened to get in line,” Reeside said. “Now, it can be done online.”

Alternative payments may be easier for some residents, they create “more backroom work on the city’s part to handle these transactions,” Lamerato said.