(VIDEO) Casper City Council Considers Passing Credit Card Fees Onto Customers, Snow Removal Equipment Purchases, And More

The Casper City Council during its pre-meeting business session on Tuesday. (Screenshot via Casper Town, YouTube)

CASPER, Wyo.– On Tuesday, the Casper City Council will hold a regular meeting to consider a range of items from vehicle purchases to a proposed new policy to pass credit and debit card fees on to city customers by Casper.

The City of Casper currently absorbs debit and credit card processing fees when people make payments using debit and credit cards. City Council will consider approving a new policy that would require customers to pay a 2.95% service charge so the city does not have to pay this processing fee.

The city has budgeted $120,000 for fiscal year 2023 to cover card processing fees. If the city council approves the transition to a model requiring customers to pay the fee, the transition is not expected to be completed until December 31, so savings to the city from the new policy are estimated to be around $60,000 for the city. exercise, according to a memo from city staff.

The new policy that city council will consider on Tuesday applies to utility payments, community development, solid waste, police, cemetery, engineering and subway payments. Permits and court payments could also be transferred, but additional software work is needed before these departments can move to the new service fee model, the staff memo says. The new policy would not have an immediate impact on leisure facilities, as these operate on different systems, but staff are considering possibly offering customers to transfer card processing fees for these facilities as well.

At Tuesday’s meeting, City Council will also be asked to consider authorizing the purchase of three new mowers for use at the Casper City Golf Course. The cost of the new equipment would total $167,982 before the trade, according to a memo from city staff.

The board will be asked to consider authorizing the purchase of a new one-ton 4×4 pickup truck with a snow plow, dump box and attachments for $88,189 before trade-in for divisional use weeds and pests.

Another proposed vehicle purchase is a new 3,000 ton per hour loader mounted snow blower at a cost of $239,850 before trade-in.

The city council will also be asked to pass a resolution ratifying a lease agreement between the city and the Charles E. Piersall Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America to allow the chapter to lease a portion of the property it sold to the town in August.

Other items on the agenda include consideration of Westridge Addition street and sidewalk improvement funding approval, third and final reading of a zoning change related to Subdivision #2 of North Platte River Park, the release of liens for local assessment of Coates Road. District and a contract for a Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization study of the Texas Street extension in Evansville.

Further details are available in the council’s working file:

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 200 N. David St., and can be streamed via the City of Casper YouTube channel:

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