Residents of Red Hook can now pay their property tax and town water payments online – for a fee.

“The town of Red Hook is moving into the 21st century,” said Town Board Supervisor Robert McKeon.

At the Dec. 29 meeting, the Red Hook Town Board approved a resolution authorizing the collection of property tax and water payments via the internet.

The new options are linked on the town’s website, www.redhook.org, according to Town Clerk Deanna Cochran, and there are fees for the service. The town will not make any money from these fees, she added.

“For 2021 and on, we’ll be accepting tax payments and town water payments via online,” Cochran said, adding that credit cards and electronic checks will be accepted. “This is processed through a third-party company, so there are convenience fees charged by that company.”

For water payments, there is a 3% online payment convenience fee for paying by credit card (with a $4.95 minimum) or a $3.95 per transaction for paying by electronic check. For tax payments, there is a $2.00 flat fee for paying by electronic check and a 2.65% convenience fee (minimum $3.00 plus an additional $3.50 per transaction) for paying by credit/debit card. Credit/debit card payments can be made with American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa.

Residents who opt to pay online are required to have an email address where a receipt will be sent. Users can pay their taxes or water bill at any time of the day with the online option.

“It’s convenient for someone to pay in the middle of the night if they want to,” Cochran added.

Residents can also still send payments by check or drop payments off in the drop box.

“Thank you to Deanna for the work that’s gone into figuring this out and reviewing different options and getting it all set up,” said Town Board Member Christine Kane. “There’s certainly a lot of behind-the-scenes work… you’ve really gotten it done in an amazingly short period of time.”

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