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November 13, 2013

‘Taxing the tax’?

Officials reviewing fees county charges people using credit, debit cards

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King said Barnwell will explore alternative scenarios, including the use of PIN-based key pads.

“A lot of counties use an independent credit card company instead of going through the bank like we do,” she added, referencing the results of a 2010 survey she said she sent to more than 200 counties.

“About 40 responded and were using an independent vendor,” she said.

When asked for an example illustrating the credit card charges, King chose a $20,000 vehicle purchase. She said the purchase, including sales tax, a title application and registration, would result in a $92.43 credit card fee, with $25.15 going to the bank and $67.28 going to the county.

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