RUMOR: “The City of College Station is assessing credit card convenience fees on utility bill payments.”
FALSE: Convenience fees are NOT being assessed for paying utility bills with a credit card.
FACTS: In January, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance allowing a $3 fee to be assessed on payments made by credit card. That fee went into effect earlier this week at Municipal Court and the jail. The fee could eventually be expanded across the city but for now, no fee will be imposed on those who use credit cards to pay their utility bill.
The fee offsets the increased processing costs the city incurs when it accepts credit card payments.
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