Residents who need to pay Ohio County taxes can avoid parking frustrations, inclement weather and waiting in line now that the sheriff's tax office website is accepting online credit card payments.
Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler said the new technology lets the office staff keep less cash on site and cuts down on foot traffic. The office had accepted more than 20 online payments before Butler even announced the option Tuesday afternoon.
Butler said he promised during his first campaign for sheriff to upgrade technology in the tax office, located on the second floor of the City-County building at 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling. The first step in that process was online access to tax documents, followed by the ability to pay by credit card in the tax office.
The online payment option was another goal realized in the upgrade, he said.
County residents who want to pay fees online can do so at www.wvpropertytaxes.com. There is a $1 convenience charge, as well a surcharge of 2.2 percent of the total bill, Butler noted.
The sheriff said work by Ohio County Administrator Greg Stewart and former and current members of the county commission helped make the system possible.
Commissioner Orphy Klempa said that while he and his colleagues are baby boomers, they want to make the payment process as convenient as possible for younger residents who prefer to pay bills online. Klempa still opts to write a check, he said with a smile.
The commission has been budgeting for upgrades to technology in the tax office, and a $10,000 federal grant also helped accomplish that, Commissioner Tim McCormick noted.