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October 23, 2012

New City Billpay Website

by at 7:45 pm.

It’s streamlined and easier to understand, unveiled at tonight’s meeting. It includes the ability to register, if you like, and get emails every time a new bill gets issued. Very useful. From the front page of the pay section:

The City of Lowell offers residents an easy and secure way to view, print and pay their real estate tax, personal property tax, motor vehicle tax and water bills online. We support electronic bill presentment (viewing) and payment because it is more convenient for residents and better for the environment.

Online Bill Payment, in partnership with Invoice Cloud, offers the following benefits:

  • No registration required
  • You have the option to pay immediately or schedule a payment
  • Get an emailed confirmation of payment or print a receipt
  • You may sign up for automatic payments
  • You may choose to “Go Paperless” to reduce clutter and help the environment
  • E-check is less than the cost of a stamp!

The following bills are available for online payment:

  • Real Estate Taxes
  • Personal Property Taxes
  • Water/Sewer/Refuse Utility Billing
  • Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes
  • Boat Excise Taxes
  • Parking Tickets

Visa, Mastercard, Discover and echeck are accepted. The convenience fee for echecks is only $.40, it’s $1-$3.95 for credit cards.

After clicking around a bit, this appears to be a vast improvement over the previous system, so thumbs up.

It’s easier to do a search (at least for real estate taxes) as they explained tonight. Since real estate taxes are public info, all you need is any part of your name (though if it’s “John” you search for you’ll get a million results) or address, or bill # if you have it, and you can see your past and current bills. Other billpays need the bill# as a required search term.

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