Wexford is one of the first counties in Ireland to introduce a new payment system for local authority customers.
     The system providing more convenient payment methods for rent, rates, water and refuse charges, will start in September.
     Rent customers will receive a card which they can use to pay bills at the post office or at special pay points being established in local retail outlets.
     People will be able to pay online on the County Council and Wexford Borough Council websites.
     A cash office for all customers will still be available at Borough and Council headquarters.
     Householders around the county will be informed directly of the new payment options and application forms will be available for payment cards and a houshold budget facility allowing for social welfare deductions.
     Rates, water and refuse customers will be able to pay by bank giro at all banks and post offices.
     Director of Services, Adrian Doyle said the new revenue collection system will be more customer-friendly.
     Council personnel will no longer knock on doors to collect rent and the existing rent collectors will be involved in credit control and the monitoring of arrears.
     According to the Director of Services, any retail outlet can take on the paypoint system. We haven't got a list of the outlets yet because Wexford is one of the first areas in the country to introduce the new system,' he said.
     The change has been welcomed as a good move by local councillors. It will make it more flexible for people to operate their billing payments', said Cllr. George Lawlor.
     Maria Pepper.


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