Municipalities everywhere have a daunting task several times a year when having to count payments for taxes, municipal services, parking fines and the like. However, these organizations can employ dual-purpose cash and check scanners to do the jobs that used to take multiple staffers hours of work to complete.
Ohio town reaps benefits
The swift efficiency of the cash and check scanners was what brought city officials from Sidney, Ohio into the 21st century. Along with establishing a new website for municipal services and city-wide emergency messages and contacts, the City Council authorized the purchase and implementation of a cash and check counter. After they began using the scanner back in March, the city's collections manager said they've been able to change the way collections and payments are made, streamlining what, up until this year, was a long, arduous and costly process. Now, 41 percent of all billing has been switched to monthly as opposed to quarterly, and they expect that number to increase to full compliance and capacity soon.
By adding cash and check scanners, the city has been able to cut costs, prioritize work assignments and make it easier for residents to pay their bills. Karen Berning, the town's revenue collections manager, told the Sidney Daily News that by next year, the city expects to see more people participating in the new services they provide. Using a dual-purpose cash and check scanner, officials noted, has already made their jobs and those of city staff easier than it has been at any other time in the city's history.
August 29, 2014