Sometimes it takes a while before good news spreads and this is one such case: the Bethel Town Clerk's Office accepts debit and credit cards.
You heard that correct, in addition to good old cash or check — (who really ever uses those anymore, right?) — you can swipe your card to pay for, well, any of the multitude of services the town clerk provides.
The cardholder will be assessed a $2.50 fee for each transaction; it's tacked onto the charge.
The office actually began accepting debit and credit cards about six months ago, said Town Clerk Lisa Bergh, but many folks still don't know.
And while there is an ATM down the hall in the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, Bergh said the new form of payment has been helpful for residents, business owners and others who frequent the office.
"We're always looking to improve the office," Bergh said.
What Do You Have to Pay For & How Much Is It?
According to Bergh, here's a short list of some of the more common services the office provides and the associated fees:
- Vital Records — $20
- Land Records — $1/page
- Dump Permits — $50 (it's pro-rated to Jan. 1 so it'll cost you $30 now and is good till June 30; $25 for seniors)
Looking ahead, dog license renewals will begin June 1.