By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A step was taken Tuesday toward allowing Mercer County’s residents to pay county taxes and other fees with credit and debit cards.
The Mercer County Commission unanimously voted during a special meeting to approve an electronic payment provider for the sheriff’s tax office. County Clerk Verlin Moye said the provider will be West Virginia Interactive LLC.
“They tried it several years back and the process was so tedious. I understand it was just not feasible at that time,” Moye said. “A lot of things have changed since then. The Legislature passed a ruling this past session that addressed the issues of taking electronic payments.”
County residents will be able to pay taxes and fees in the sheriff’s tax office with debit and credit cards once the system is installed. Moye did not have a date when the system will be ready, but he plans to put a debit and credit card system in the county clerk’s office, too.
“And then, of course, I plan to follow suit, but the first step is to get that service into the courthouse; and 99 times out of 100, it’s the sheriff’s office that needs it the most,” he said. “It’s a great thing and it’s long overdue. It would be a tremendous service to the public.”
The new system would include fees for its use, Moye said. How much of a fee will be charged has not been determined.
Sheriff Don Meadows said his department has had requests for credit and debit service. There is an ATM machine in the Mercer County Courthouse.
In other business, County Commissioner Joe Coburn resigned from the Mercer County Board of Health. Coburn said he plans to stay on the county commission, but decided to leave the board of health for medical reasons.
Commissioners Mike Vinciguerra and Gene Buckner were both appointed to the board of health, along with former board member Timm Boggess.