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Waynesboro to implement online payments for water, sewer and trash

April 27, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Electronic methods of paying water, sewer and trash bills are coming to the Borough of Waynesboro in the next few months.

The municipality hopes to have electronic billing in place by July 1, according to Assistant Borough Manager Jason Cohen.

Testing will begin in May, he said.

The borough will accept debit- and credit-card payments online in addition to the existing method of receiving payments by mail and at municipal offices.

Utility payment processing will tie into the Caselle electronic accounting system being installed by the borough. It manages other functions such as payroll and accounts receivable.

"We already processed credit-card payments through a local merchant service provider for pool membership and golf-course fees," Cohen said, noting that those functions will now be rolled into the new system.

The assistant borough manager said he plans to provide a link from the municipal homepage, www.waynesboropa.org, for bill payments. He said the format of paper bills will change from a postcard to a tri-fold statement.

The new system can establish automatic deductions for customers, who can choose to be notified if their bills exceed a certain amount. Cohen said the borough received requests for more efficient methods of payment.

"We're trying to provide full functionality," he said.

Implementation of the system is being done in cooperation with the Waynesboro Borough Authority, which manages the municipal water and sewer lines. The system will manage more than 8,000 customers.

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