Madison County taxpayers will soon be able to pay their property taxes by credit card in the tax office, or online over the Internet, instead of having to pay by check or cash.
Tax commissioner Louise Watson told the board of commissioners Monday night that her office is “almost ready” to accept debit/credit card and online payments for property taxes. In addition, taxpayers will be able to buy their automobile tags with debit or credit cards in the office, though not online at this time.
Watson said she hopes to have the payment system in place by August 1 and has been working closely with information technology director Gary Venable.
Watson said she frequently has to send taxpayers away now because they come in to the office unprepared to write a check or pay cash for their tax bills, since many are used to being able to pay their other bills by debit or credit cards.
“I think this will be a big plus for the county and for our taxpayers,” Watson said. “I’m looking forward to getting this implemented.”
Watson said she had visited surrounding counties that have such a system in place and found that they are pleased with it and have had few problems.
I am so glad this is being done.But remember in the past these updates were not welcomed by some of the administration but the Tax Comm. kept on searching until she found the right product at a reasonable cost. It takes time to implement new things & I feel they have done a great job & providing a great service to the citizens. Thank you.
07/05/09 at 12:25 PM
This wasn't done because our tax commissioner did not know how to use a computer and the internet to do even basic research and did not know how easy and inexpensive electronic payments are. You think she was saving you money by processing paper? It is boo koos more expensive to process paper. We're all glad she is FINALLY getting around to doing this, but every year we weren't accepting electronic payments, that was untold thousands of dollars that cost the taxpayer, and resulted in late tax payments, costing us even more. Every county in this area has been accepting electronic payments for YEARS. Madison County was not. Why? Our tax commissioner literally didn't know how to use computers and internet to do the research. It's OK if you don't know how; you just delegate to someone who does. It's not OK to not do the most efficient thing just because you don't know, don't want to learn, and don't want to bother with it and just keep doing things "the same old way."