By: MICHELLE STONE, Edited by: AMIKKA SMITH
DETROIT | waynecounty.com — Wayne County Treasurers Association (WCTA) held its quarterly scheduled meeting on Wednesday at Fishbone’s Restaurant in Greektown to discuss how all 43 municipalities can join forces to assist taxpayers by providing more options to pay delinquent tax bills, water, and energy bills. At the meeting, Treasurer Eric R. Sabree supported the DivDat Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosks. He encouraged the Wayne County representatives to take advantage of the program.
After stating how the kiosks have helped the county, Treasurer Sabree said, “The real value was the convenience it gave to taxpayers.”
Back in August 2016, Treasurer Sabree introduced the Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosks to Wayne County and saw 278 transactions during the first month. Since then, the payment kiosk machines have had over 31,000 transactions since the beginning of the year.
The current 30+ kiosks in the metro Detroit area have played a vital role in assisting taxpayers. With an interface as easy as using an ATM, residents are able to pay delinquent bills with cash, personal check, or credit card. The kiosks are even available after office hours, giving taxpayers the convenience to take care of business without the constraint of time.
According to DivDat President Jason Bierkle, 75% of tax payments were made outside the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, showing the effectiveness of accessibility to residents in their own neighborhoods- some as far as Pontiac and Mt. Clemens.
DivDat President Jason Bierkle gives the latest stats of the successful Delinquent Tax Payment Kiosks.“I think we can continue to make progress and try to make tax foreclosure a non-issue in Wayne County,” Treasurer Sabree told the room of city representatives, hoping to see them sign up to receive a kiosk of their own.
The next kiosk is scheduled to be installed at the end of June at the Downriver Community Conference in Southgate.
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