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City of Martensville Looks to Provide Credit Card as Payment Option for Residents

by Shanine Sealey

Martensville City Council met for the final time this month on Tuesday, May 21st. The meeting began with an update from City administration department managers. Corporate Services noted in the report to Council that there is a goal to have Option Pay available for residents by this June, which would allow the City to now accept credit cards as a form of payment on water bills, property tax, invoices, etc. The report noted that this was not an option previously due to merchant fees being cost prohibitive; however, OptionPay uses a tiered fee system, which has provided a solution for municipalities.

It was also noted that property tax notices have been sent out to residents, along with assessment notices. According to the update to Council, there were 3998 property tax notices sent out, with 393 of those including assessment notices compared to 3947 property tax notices and 355 assessment notices in 2023. Property owners have until June 10th to appeal assessment notices.

The City of Martensville is looking at ways to convert more local residents to utilize e-billing, as postage costs continue to rise. There are plans in place to hold two targeted campaigns this year to help encourage this. Information on these campaigns will be included in monthly water bills and social media posts.

Multiple items from last week’s Committee of the Whole meeting were brought back to Council for approval, including a request from the Martensville Curling Club to replace their current storage that is leaking with a shipping container, allocations for the 2024-2024 Sask Lotteries Grant Funding, amendments to the 2024 Capital Budget, and a request from the Sports Page to remove the frosting on the glass surrounding their patio.

The final item on the agenda was a discussion item from a resident on Cowan Crescent that was asking Council to look at parking solutions to discourage vehicles from being parked on a section of the street.

The next Martensville City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 4th at 5pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Information on this, and upcoming meetings can be found by visiting www.martensville.ca.

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