City adds convenience option to utility payment
by Glenn Moore
May 06, 2013 | 2693 views | 6 6 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy residents can now settle their utility bills while sipping a 7-Eleven Slurpee as part of a PayNearMe cash-only payment option announced Thursday, May 2.

The city of Tracy sent notices in the April utility bill to nearly 24,000 customers stating residents can pay for water, sewer and garbage service at any of three 7-Eleven stores in town by using a unique bar code embedded on their bills and delinquent notices.

Once the bar code is scanned, the city is notified of the cash payment, and the customer is given a receipt. Payments are accepted any time and any day of the week.

PayNearMe can process utility payments between $3 and $1,000. Residents can still mail in their bills, pay via the city website, or visit City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza.

The city of Tracy finance department’s Robert Harmon said the cash-only payment service helps people with no credit card or checking account pay their bills any time.

He said eight people used the new service Friday, May 3, when the every-other-Friday closure of City Hall coincided with the end of the billing cycle.

The 7-Eleven stores are located at 2360 W. Grant Line Road, 455 W. Grant Line Road and 25460 Schulte Road.

The payment service is made possible by a partnership with PayNearMe and InfoSend Inc., which is the current bill print and mail service for the city of Tracy.

For information: www.thinkinsidethetriangle.com

• Contact Glenn Moore ay 830 4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.

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lovin'life
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May 08, 2013
Pay their utility bill while sipping a 7-11 slurped...... Really? Couldn't think of any other way to start this article?
lovin'life
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May 08, 2013
*Slurpee ........
oldshoe
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May 07, 2013
how much will this cost us tax payers? 7-eleven is not doing this free.
Sneaky
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May 07, 2013
It looks like it is a $3.99 charge to the customer rather than a burden on taxpayers(http://www.paynearme.com/en/merchants#products_and_pricing). That is a serious rip-off. These folks would definitely be better off just getting a checking account.
Sneaky
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May 06, 2013
Wow. You learn something new every day. I would never have imagined anybody would use, or have a need for, such an option. Although its a good option for the folks that need it, it would be better if someone could just help them open a checking account.

btw, how did they come up with the $3 lower limit? Why not $3.50, or $5? Enquiring minds want to know.



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