Residents of Abbeville will still be able to pay their utility bills as they have always done at City Hall.
The city is now offering a convenience to those customers who cannot make it downtown before City Hall closes at 4:30 p.m. A kiosk has been purchased and placed outside City Hall that will take payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Customers have the option of paying in the form of cash, check or credit card. The kiosk is located in the wall outside the front doors at city hall, replacing the current night drop box
Abbeville residents are now able to walk up to the kiosk and pay their bills after hours.
“It is just like a drop box and you will get a receipt,” Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said. “The receipt is the key. Right now if you use the drop box, you don’t get a receipt.
“We feel like this is something that can really help.”
“It’s the next step in our automation system,” Piazza said.
Councilman Louis Joe Hardy jokingly asked if the machine is trouble free.
“That machine is never going to catch the flu or go on vacation,” Councilman Brady Broussard Jr. answered with a laugh.
The kiosk was purchased at a cost of $28,402. The city used proceeds from its sales tax fund to cover the cost.
“That is a completely different set of money that we can utilize that does not affect our general fund,” Piazza said. “The sales tax fund is not an issue right now and this is in the budget.”
Broussard said this is a logical step for the city.
“I am very happy to see the city embrace and adapt to technology,” Broussard said. “This will be a convenience to our citizens and I’m glad this is being done at City Hall.”