The city of Bedford, Iowa, recently launched five new online services to help citizens interact with their local government enabling them to make online payments anytime, anywhere. Users can make payments for multiple services including garbage account deposits, renewing or purchasing pet tags, posting fees, paying water deposits, and making utility payments. These new online payment services allow real-time, over-the-counter transactions via credit card, debit card or electronic check. The services are available online at www.bedfordia.org.
“We are excited to be able to provide the convenience of online payments to our citizens,” said Tammy Thompson, Bedford City Clerk. “These services allow efficient interactions with the city at no additional cost to taxpayers. With online payments, we are able to ensure that accounts have sufficient funds at the time of transaction, so we don’t have to worry about checks bouncing or tracking down customers with insufficient funds.”
Bedford, Iowa, partnered with Iowa Interactive, LLC of Des Moines, to provide payment processing solutions online and over-the-counter. The online system, its payment module, reporting tools and maintenance are provided at no cost to the city and operate under a self-funded model where online services are developed, deployed and maintained at no cost to the government.