Please note that the fees charged by our online payment processor ARE NOT PAID to Clay County. They are charged by the bank that processes our payments, and are not something we can control, or waive. For the first time this year, we are using part of our own office budget to pay the e-check fee so that you have a free option to pay online.
While they appear high, transaction fees are typically factored into the purchase price by merchants, and paid regardless of whether customers use a credit card or not. Clay County has no legal authority to do the same, and so transaction fees may not reduce the amount owed to the taxing entities of Clay County. It is your choice whether to pay online, or whether to pay by mail, in person, using your own online bill pay, or by drop box.