Bel Air considers fee for paying taxes with credit cards

Bel Air residents may have to pay a fee if they wish to continue paying their town real estate tax bills or sewer bills with a credit card after July 1.

Currently, the town absorbs all charges from credit card processors when a resident uses that form of payment and as of March 30, the town had spent $1,215.10 in processing credit card payments, a town finance official explained.


The credit card payment fee proposal was discussed by town commissioners and staff during a work session at town hall Tuesday afternoon.

According to town finance director Lisa Moody, those paying real estate taxes with a credit card could pay a fixed rate of 3.15 percent of their total bill.

For sewer bills, residents paying by credit card could be charged $4.50 for every $150 they owe. Moody clarified, however, that the average bill is around $100.

A resolution to charge the fee will be discussed at Monday's town meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at town hall.

In a discussion of the sewer fund budget at the work session, it was noted the town is projecting a 4 percent decrease in sewer service revenue for fiscal year 2013.

The projected sewer service charge revenue for the upcoming fiscal year is $2,079,243 — a 4 percent decrease from the $2,162,661 in the fiscal year 2012 budget.

Residential and commercial sewer charges in the town are tied in with Harford County, which collects and treats the town's sewage and bills the town government at a bulk rate.