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Soon, bill-paying will be better in Burnside.

City officials have received approval to purchase a new software package that will electronically streamline various city functions, and ultimately allow citizens to pay their monthly dues online.

The Burnside City Council approved the purchase of just over $9,900 for the program. City Clerk Crissa Morris estimated that it would pay for itself in man-hours in just two years’ time.

“It’s basically software that cities can use to take care of revenues, taxes, utilities, as well as generate forms like business licenses,” said Morris.

The program will allow individuals to go to the city’s new website, visitburnside.com, and make online payments. Business licenses can also be applied for, said Morris, and numerous other government functions that once required a trip down to City Hall.

Morris said that not yet having access to online bill payments “has been a big issue” with some citizens.

“We’ve not yet had the capability of accept debit and credit cards; this will allow us to do that as well,” she said, noting that the payments would go through a third party, and the nominal user fee would be passed on to the customer.

Morris said that they expect to have the program in place by the beginning of June.

Additionally, the council has approved reappropriating approximately $36,000 from the city’s water budget to its sewer budget to help have extra money on hand for the sewer pump station smell repair project.

Burnside Mayor Robert Lawson said that the project is estimated to cost between $28,000 and $50,000.

“The money is available if we need it,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll have to have that much, but it’s there if we need it.”

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