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Ord 12-2002 2/19/2002ORDINANCE NO. _spa ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 106 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES TO ADD SECTION 106 -128 ENTITLED "CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS; PROCESSING FEES "; FINDING AND DETERMINING THAT THE MEETING AT WHICH THIS ORDINANCE WAS PASSED WAS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS REQUIRED BY LAW. WHEREAS, one of the Finance Department goals is to provide a more convenient payment center for City utility customers; and WHEREAS, acceptance of credit cards would offer customers a payment method that is currently not accepted; and WHEREAS, the Local Government Code allows municipalities to charge a processing fee to recover reasonable costs incurred by the municipality in accepting credit card payments; and WHEREAS, staff estimates that there will be some additional administrative tasks involved in accepting credit card payments and the costs incurred for these tasks will be the same for each transaction regardless of the amount of the credit card charges. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION 1. Chapter 106 of the Code of Ordinances is hereby amended to add Section 106 -128 to read as follows: `Sec. 106 -128. Credit Card Payments; Processing Fees. (a) The Utility Collection Division may accept credit cards from Visa and Master Card for payments collected by the Utility Collection Division from residential customers. (b) A processing fee of $ , ()p per transaction shall be assessed to the customers paying by credit card to reimburse the City for reasonable expenses incurred to process the transaction. r = I$- (c) If the processing fee described in Section 106 -128 (b) exceeds five percent (5 %) of the total charges paid for with a credit card, then a processing fee of five percent (5 %) of the total charges shall be assessed.' SECTION 2. It is hereby officially found and determined that the meeting at which this ordinance was passed was open to the public as required by law. PASSED AND APPROVED this the 19th day of February, 2002. ATTEST: City Clerk MAYOR