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Plastic will pay for trash, electric; credit card payments soon will be set up for several borough fees

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 8/15/18

Middletown residents soon should be able to pay their electric and trash bill online through the borough website, with a credit card or debit card linked to their bank account.

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Plastic will pay for trash, electric; credit card payments soon will be set up for several borough fees

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Middletown residents soon should be able to pay their electric and trash bill online through the borough website, with a credit card or debit card linked to their bank account.

Borough council during its Aug. 8 meeting authorized Finance Director Kevin Zartman to move forward with implementing the change. Zartman hopes that the new feature can be available to residents sometime in September.

The change does not apply to residents’ paying their water and sewer bill. Water and sewer bill is billed separately by Suez, the private company that runs Middletown’s water and sewer systems under a 50-year lease that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

Residents using the online feature for electric and trash bills will pay a fee each time equal to 2.5 percent of the amount they are paying each transaction. That fee goes to Heartland Systems, the vendor providing the service for the borough.

Residents will access the service using a link on the borough website. Users will be told that this link is taking them to a site outside of the borough website, Zartman said.

Residents cannot now make their electric and trash bill payment by phone using a credit or debit card, Zartman said.

“This option is not available,” Zartman told the Press & Journal in an email, referring to a resident paying their bill by phone with a credit or debit card. “We do not and will not be accepting payments by phone.”

Residents also can pay their bill with a credit or debit card by coming into the borough office. In this case, the 2.5 percent transaction fee will not be charged.

Zartman said residents can have their electric and trash bill deducted automatically from their bank account. Residents doing so will not incur the 2.5 percent transaction fee.

Residents can set up the automatic payment through the borough, by providing the borough with their bank routing number and account number.

Once this is done, the electric and trash bill will be deducted automatically from the resident’s bank account each month, Zartman said.