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Sponsored by: Hunt <br /> r.• CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2012 -077 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, RESTORING BUDGETED LINE ITEMS TO ACCOUNT FOR <br /> THE COST OF CREDIT CARD FEES CHARGED TO THE CITY WHEN <br /> CUSTOMERS PAY BY CREDIT CARD <br /> WHEREAS, in recent years the City of Seward has made tangible efforts to improve the <br /> efficiency of the customer experience by allowing customers to make payments on their City <br /> accounts electronically, including payment by credit card; and <br /> WHEREAS, in preparing the 2012/2013 Biennial Budget, the City administration intended <br /> to pass the cost of credit card fees along to customers, as a way to become more efficient and <br /> generate savings to the City's business -like entities, and as a result, eliminated budget funding to pay <br /> for credit card fees; and <br /> WHEREAS, since then, staff has researched the costs that would be incurred by customers if <br /> the City were to require customers to absorb the credit card fees in order to make their payments <br /> online or by credit card in person, and concludes that it is not in the City's best interests to make <br /> customers pay the additional fee, as it would discourage efficiency, eliminate a common business <br /> practice of accepting credit cards which customers have come to expect, and would generate <br /> customer dissatisfaction. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br /> OF SEWARD, ALASKA that: <br /> Section 1. The City Manager is hereby authorized to continue the practice of accepting <br /> credit card payments for City services, with the City absorbing the credit card processing fees rather <br /> than passing those fees on to customers. This will not affect payment for taxes, leases, assessments, <br /> or any other similar charge which could become a lien against property. In those cases, payment by <br /> credit card will continue to be prohibited. <br /> Section 2. The 2012 and 2013 budgets are amended to increase the line item for credit card <br /> fees as attached hereto in Exhibit A. <br /> Section 3. This resolution shall take affect immediately upon its adoption. <br /> PASSED AND APPROVED by the City Council of the City of Seward, Alaska, October 8, 2012. <br />