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Town office will soon accept credit/debit cards
RUMFORD -- On Sept. 1, the offices of tax collector and town clerk will begin accepting credit/debit card payments.
The Board of Selectmen Thursday voted unanimously to accept this recommendation, made by Tax Collector Tom Bourret.
"This is a giant step forward," noted Selectman Jolene Lovejoy.
"I agree," noted Bourret, adding that more than 70 towns across the state are now doing this.
He said there is a one-time cost of $1,240 to begin the program, with a $150 maintenance cost each year afterward. The software from the state agency will be integrated with the town's system. Bourret said funds to pay for this will come out of a computer budget.
There will be a minimum credit card fee of $1. Accepted will be the four major credit cards. There will be four teller stations with this service.
In other business, Selectman Jeff Sterling noted that the Fourth of July committee he served on was "one of the best committees I've ever sat on. Their commitment was outstanding."
Board Chairman Greg Buccina, who chaired that committee, thanked the many individuals who donated as well as groups like the Parks and Public Works departments for their assistance to make for a successful event.
He noted that with all their bills paid, the committee is bringing forward $1,867 towards the 2013 celebration. Buccina noted that they're open to new ideas and welcome volunteers for next year's event.
If you would like to become part of the committee, become a volunteer and/or make a donation (they still need to make a down payment for next year’s fireworks, for example) call Peter Perry at the River Valley Chamber of Commerce, which is the administrator for the volunteer committee. If you want to be part of the group, they will hold their first meeting for the 2013 event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Rumford Police Department meeting room on the first floor.