Wednesday, July 23, 2008

City Debuts Online Bill Payment

The City of Lancaster is now offering the option of paying bills online with a credit or debit card, the City's Director of Administrative Services, Patrick Hopkins, announced Tuesday night.

Parking tickets, utility bills, trash bills, and property taxes can be paid through an online portal accessible on the city's web page,

In order to pay a parking ticket, one needs to enter either the ticket number or a license plate number.

Hopkins brushed off concerns that anyone with knowledge of a plate number could view someone else's ticket record, saying that the information is a matter of public record and that such snooping would probably be rare and inconsequential.

A convenience fee of 3.34% is assessed for all online transactions.

Those wishing to use the service should go to and click on the "Pay My City Bills" button in the center pane.