Peabody taxpayers have had the option of paying their city taxes via credit card for a while now, but starting Oct. 1, they'll be able to cut out the paper trail entirely.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt's office announced this week that residents will be able to sign up for paperless billing on the city's website for real estate, personal property, excise, water and sewer taxes.
It will be just like the options you probably have for most other bills you pay these days -- you will be able to access payment histories, schedule direct debit and credit card payments using a smartphone, link multiple bills to one username and receive email notifications when statements are ready to be viewed and paid.
There's no registration required to enroll and all payments are 100 percent secure, according to the city.
“We continue to leverage technology to streamline the way city government operates and make it more efficient for taxpayers,” Bettencourt said. “Paperless billing will not take the sting out of paying taxes but at least we can simplify and speed up the process. Paperless billing will also greatly reduce paper waste, which helps protect the environment and cut operating costs.”
To enroll in paperless billing, all you have to do is go to the city’s website, click on “Enroll Now” and then enter the enrollment information found on your tax bill.