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Manchester Unveils Online Tax, Utility Payment System

Residents can now get their bills and pay online.

Manchester residents can save a few stamps on property taxes and more, after local officials unveiled the ability to view bills and make payments via the township’s website.

Residents can now log on to manchestertwp.com, click the “Pay Your Taxes/Water/Sewer Payments Online” link and find their tax and utility bills, either via a property search, name search or account number, including a detailed history and current information.

The site will take payment via electronic checks, credit cards or debit cards—for a small fee.

Residents can also sign up for direct withdrawal for tax or utility payments via the website, which requires a form and voided check to be sent to the township offices to be completed.

“I encourage all residents to log onto this site to view the information available,” Mayor Michael Fressola said.

In addition to individual tax and utility information, the site also provides information on the current township tax rate, and the breakdown by county, local and school taxes.

Questions about the new site can be directed to Manchester’s Division of Revenue Collection at 732-657-8121, x3700.

ShoreSure January 16, 2014 at 06:02 AM
Another step into the 21st Century. Wonderful. I already pay everything via my online banking. Once I get the tax bill I set up the payments and done. Don't be such old fuddy duddies..get on the electronic bandwagon.
Whiting Girl January 16, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Whiting Girl Why the "small fee" I pay most of my bills on line. There is never a fee. We have to pay you to pay our bill? I don't think so. I'd rather keep the Post Office in business.
Mrs Russell January 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM
I don't like the fees either. i will drop it off.
Mrs Russell January 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM
$3.95 for a visa debit card is crazy! I take them and it only costs 25 cents!
Whiting Girl January 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Whiting Girl Mrs Russell, Why does it cost you 25cents, do you have to pay to drop it off?
John E January 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM
LOL..save a few stamps??? The convenience fee to pay just one transaction is $3.95 that's equal to about 8 stamps at 49 cent each. Not many are going to pay that way online. I pay in person, like to walk around town hall and see how many new rocks they brought lately.
KTP January 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM
So lets spend the time and money to arrange for an on-line payment system and charge people $3.95 to do it when it's free to go there or costs 49 cents to send by mail. If the goal is to make the process easier for the consumer and the township, wouldnt it make sense to not charge a fee for on-line payments and charge a nominal fee for in-person payments.
Whiting Girl January 16, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Whiting Girl KTP. Are you serious? "pay a nominal fee for in person payments" If your ok with these fees don't complain when your taxes go up.
Mrs Russell January 16, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Whiting Girl, when you use a debit card the company only pays 25 cents for the transaction. If you use the same card as a credit (visa) the company pays up to 3% of the transaction. So most places prefer you to use it as a debit. I don't pay anything to use it either way.
KTP January 16, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Whiting Girl, obviously, I do not think there should be a fee. I think a $3.95 fee to pay online is ridiculous and counter-productive. In the business world, the purpose of the on-line bill pay system is to make it easier for customers to pay their bills and see their accounts while reducing the company's actual manpower. It is typically free as an inducement to the customer to use the online system because it saves the company money by needing less employees to accept payments by phone. By imposing the on-line fee, there is no incentive to use the online system. So why set it up. And I will always complain when my taxes go up when money and township resources are not wisely spent.
John E January 16, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Here's a break down what it will cost using a (VISA debit card only) for online payments for year RE-taxes are 4 quarters so that's 4 times $3.95 = $15.80 If you have water/sewage payments its quarterly also 4 times $3.95 = $15.80 Both for one year will cost you $31.60 if paying online. If no Visa debit card used and credit card or non-Visa debit card is used...its 2.95 % of transaction amount. Example for this: quarterly payment for RE taxes at say $1500 will cost you $44.25 to pay online, that's $177 for one year paying 4 quarters! The water/sewage would be- using a non-Visa debit card or credit card..example: bill is $150 for quarter cost at 2.95% to pay online will be $4.42..thats $17.68 for the year. Both will cost you for one year using the online system to pay.. $194.68!!! Can also have direct withdrawal from your checking/savings account if you can afford it and have money in bank accounts and don't live like me pay check to pay check..not sure if a charge for this too, might be. Best bet..spend a few cents in gas and pay in person..or 49 cent stamp and mail it in!
Billabong January 16, 2014 at 06:13 PM
The management of this town would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. On the heels of raising taxes for many of us, the town is kind enough to institute an online payment program with completely unnecessary fees. Do you think they even researched what fees residents would be assessed to use this system or do they simply not care? I can't wait to hear the justification for these crazy fees, which are even more ludicrous what with the large retired, fixed income residents in the town.
Da Gr8 1 January 16, 2014 at 08:44 PM
what a great idea manchester....now i can see my taxes go up every month on line!!!! what a joke
Chris January 17, 2014 at 07:16 AM
A bunch of crooks who really going to pay that I shouldn't have to pay to PAY MY Bill I wish I could get money ever time they pay there bills
ShoreSure January 17, 2014 at 08:33 AM
I might have read this wrong. I have Manchester Twp set up in my online bill payment and my bank sends the check. I have been doing this for years. Are they now saying there will be a fee to receive this bank check?

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