FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City of Fort St. John will once again accept credit cards for residents paying property taxes.

The decision is a part of the future “My City Hall” online payment portal where residents can pay for city services online or through an app. The payment method was removed by council in the past due to the cost of service charges and a low usage fee.

Council approved the decision Monday and agreed to charge a 3.5 per cent fee to offset the payment option charges. The city pays between $35,000 to $45,000 for service charges on other services when residents pay with a credit card.

“These numbers would be higher if it was not for the low building stats and COVID,” says Shirley Collington, Director of Finance, in the March 22nd report to council.

“2020 confirmed that online payment options are a must in order to protect both residents and City staff during COVID and still allow regular business to carry on.”

City staff researched the use of credit cards for property taxes among 15 B.C. municipalities. A total of 60 per cent of the municipalities accept this payment method, with the majority being online only.

Current payment options include: