Last week I posted a blog announcing the City’s first foray into accepting credit card payments at Parks and Recreation for summer programs.
This week the credit card roll out continues.
The City’s Finance Department happily announced that Community Development/Building Services has successfully implemented credit/debit card acceptance capabilities which means residents, contractors etc. can use their Visa, MasterCard, and Discover branded credit/debit cards for payment of their various construction fees and permits.
Additionally, the cashier function in Budget and Finance is now able to accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover branded credit/debit cards for all City services currently being made at 325 S. Depeyster Street.
I know that accepting credit card payments is hardly leading edge but the delay has not been from a lack of desire, it’s been from having an out-dated City financial management software system that just was more comfortable accepting gold coins than plastic.
So the bigger news is what’s behind our new credit card payment capability — and that’s a new financial management software system that is bringing us into the 21st century. The days of turning the crank each morning to start the old main frame computer (ok, I’m exaggerating a little) are in the rear view mirror and we’re in process of implementing a much more powerful financial management software system that has so much more to offer the City book-keepers, service managers and (as illustrated by the credit card component) City residents.
Progress comes in many forms, including plastic. Wahoo!