Clerk: credit or debit?

August 31, 2009
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Welcome to the 21st (or even arguably the 20th) century, Marion County Clerk’s Office! The clerk’s office announced late last week it’s now accepting credit or debit cards for most court fees. People can now pay with plastic for child support, case filing, probation fees, marriage licenses, and copy fees. The clerk’s office already accepted credit for traffic violations and cash bonds.

This would have been helpful for me four months ago when I applied for a marriage license. I rarely carry cash anymore and had to make sure either my fiancé or I went to the clerk’s office with the appropriate amount in hand before applying. Using a credit card would also be helpful if you just don’t have the cold, hard cash right now, but know you will before your credit card statement is due.

Of course, this convenience comes at a cost. Just like Ticketmaster or some gas stations, there’s a “nominal” fee added to cover the costs of processing credit or debit transactions. For everything but traffic tickets, child support, and cash bonds, the fee is 3.5 percent of the transaction or $3.50, whichever is higher. The convenience fees for the other items vary by vendor.

It definitely is more convenient to use a credit card than to carry around a lot of cash, however, people will need to be careful that their $150 parking ticket or child support payment doesn’t balloon higher because they didn’t pay it off on their credit card in time. Sometimes cash is just the way to go.
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

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  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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