Kiosks to add convenience for Victoria County residents
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If paying traffic tickets, court fees, courthouse bonds and civil fines is a hassle, Victoria County's new kiosk program might make life easier.
The commissioners court approved an agreement Monday with Pace Kiosk, a San Antonio-based company, for a touch-screen kiosk program that accepts cash or credit card deposits for criminal and civil collections.
JD Salinas III, company president and CEO, said he expects the machines to be in place soon.
"Instead of taking time from work to drive downtown and pay fines, this is going to be a vehicle to pay court costs and fines on a 24-hour basis," he said.
County Judge Don Pozzi said he hopes by making payments more convenient for residents, collections will increase for the county.
"It's a matter of convenience, and it doesn't cost Victoria County any money," he said.
Officials tentatively plan to install kiosks at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, Victoria Public Library and Victoria Regional Airport, said Joyce Dean, Victoria County administrative services director.
With the city's approval, kiosks could also be installed at the police sub-station at Victoria Mall, she said.
The county would also like to partner with Wal-Mart or H-E-B as well.
"The idea is to have them open in nontraditional hours," Dean said.
She said the city is researching whether they can integrate their computer software with the kiosk system.
The kiosks will charge $3 per $100 transaction, as well as a 3.9 percent fee per transaction, Salinas said.
Pozzi said the fee was negotiated down from 6 percent.
"I tried to negotiate it down for the people making the payments so they wouldn't have that much of an additional surcharge if they chose to make the payment in that fashion," he said.
Dean said the original intention was to expand the kiosks to accept property taxes and child support.
"The public can have access to a kiosk and pay anything county-related and eventually city-related without having to come to the courthouse," Dean said.
Pace Kiosks is negotiating and doing business with Cameron County, Dallas County, the city of La Joya, Starr County and Webb County.