Online Payments New For 2020

Online Payments

Jan. 23, 2020 - In the next few days, the City of Perkins will continue to accept merchant cards for payments; however, a 2.25% service fee will apply to any payments made via a merchant (debit or credit) card. This web page will be updated as soon as a definite launch date for the new payment platform is established.

Due to increasing operational challenges, a desire to provide a high level of security of personal information, and the increasing costs to process merchant cards, the City is utilizing a third party, Oklahoma Interactive, to provide their platform, PayPort, through which all merchant card payments are processed. Oklahoma Interactive, the contract provider for the State of Oklahoma, assesses an additional fee of $2.00 per transaction.

The City of Perkins has traditionally accepted merchant cards (credit and debit cards) for utility and court payments and has absorbed the associated processing charges imposed by the merchant card companies on these transactions. As the use of credit and debit cards for making payments has increased significantly, the cumulative cost of these transaction fees assessed has become expensive for the City to absorb.

Service fees that go directly to the merchant card processors today cost the citizens of Perkins approximately $10,000 annually. The City Commission has determined that, in order to continue providing effective services for the public welfare, the City must establish fees on each manual or online transaction made to the city through any authorized bill pay program. These transactions include payment of utility bills, fines, costs, interest, penalty assessments, special assessments, collections, fees, rates, charges, donations, or money due the City or public trusts. Service fees will help to offset the City’s true cost in providing such services.

Click to read Resolution 20-2019, “A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.”

Click to read Ordinance Number 481, "AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 2-5-5 OF CHAPTER 2 OF THE PERKINS CITY CODE PROVIDING FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY."

To avoid any additional fees, the City of Perkins accepts cash, personal or business checks, money orders, and traveler's checks.

Mail your payment to PO Box 9, Perkins, OK 74059, or pay your bill in person at City Hall, 110 N. Main Street. Business hours are 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A dropbox, located to the north of the front door to City Hall, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please do not put cash in the drop box.

You may also enroll in automatic bank draft, or ACH, and your bill will be debited from your bank account on the due date each month. To enroll in ACH, please fill out the ACH Authorization Form (PDF) and return it to City Hall with a voided check.