Originally posted by verylowfrequency
Currency should always be accepted especially since Banks will not open accounts for those with bad credit. This just causes the poor to have to pay more expensive fees for the pay per use cards.
A modified version of this started a few years ago where there were several people who paid their fines with a wheel barrow full of pennies. This happened in a couple different cities in my state & they both changed their polices to not accept coins because of the burden of having to count it.
Their argument of course will be the cost savings of not having to handle cash. No cash drawers to count at the end of shifts & no deposits, bank runs, safes or etc.edit on 28-1-2011 by verylowfrequency because: (no reason given)
Cash no longer king in Discovery Bay
By Hannah Dreier
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 01/19/2011 10:46:39 PM PST
Updated: 01/21/2011 05:50:41 PM PST
DISCOVERY BAY -- Starting in May, residents no longer will have the option of paying for town services, including public records requests, with cash.
The Discovery Bay Community Services District board voted this week to ban cash transactions for all services, including water bills and park reservations.
Board members said the new policy will ensure the safety of town clerks and save the district time and money, but some say it is also a response to anonymous requests for public records the town has received. Those requesting records anonymously have been using cash to pay for the cost of copying the documents.
Resident Don Flint, who is often critical of the board, noted that the district began receiving anonymous records requests last fall -- it has so far received four -- and charged that the board was attempting to limit access to public information.
"I'm troubled that the board takes steps to limit people's access to records," he said. "I think that you guys are overstepping if not the letter then the spirit of the law."
Directors Mark Simon, Chris Steele and Kevin Graves said the new policy is not a response to these anonymous requests. The presence of cash at town offices might endanger staff by attracting thieves, the directors said, though they acknowledged that this has never happened.
The directors also cited the staff time the district spends bringing cash payments to the local bank.
The main concern is the safety of our employees and the second is the efficiency with which we do our jobs," Graves said.
But former director David Piepho, who retired from the board in December, a month after the no-cash policy was introduced, says the change was designed to put an end to anonymous requests, which he believes are inappropriate.
"You'll find that a lot of the rules that the CSD deals with are created because of the same four or five antagonists," he said. "They're made because people acted in such a way that a rule needed to be made."
Board member Brian Dawson called the anonymous requests "cowardly" and indicative of "bad intentions."
"It's happenstance that I don't really care for," he said.
Discovery Bay is home to a group of residents whom officials say are uncommonly antagonistic toward local government. The town, which receives about seven records requests each month, recently began publishing the names of those requesting public records in the agendas for its biweekly meetings.
General Manager Rick Howard said the no-cash policy will have the "side benefit" of creating accountability among those requesting information. He noted that no one ever picked up copies made for one of the recent anonymous requests, frustrating city staff.
"When we got anonymous requests, we don't know if people are going to come in and get this stuff or not pick them up," he said. "If it never gets picked up, we don't have any recourse to contact them."
Public records requests must be answered within 10 days, according to state law. Requests still may be made anonymously because a person who goes to inspect public records, for which no fee can be charged, doesn't have to provide identifying information.
Piepho says he hopes the new policy will make it harder for antagonistic residents to use records requests as a weapon.
"They want to be like snipers and take shots," he said, "but they don't want the spotlight on them."
Residents will be able to use checks, credit or debit cards and money orders to pay for town services.
Originally posted by jrmcleod
reply to post by DimensionalDetective
Its a pretty pathetic excuse really, if i lived there and they refused cash from me, which is what a debit card technically is because it can be withdrawn from an ATM, i'd simply not pay the bill and record me trying to pay it by cash...they refuse to take your payment, its their loss, not yours!
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
California Residents Hit With Government Ban On Paying By Cash
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Residents of Discovery Bay,California will be the first in the country to be officially denied the right to use cash to pay for public services,in a move that echoes the Department of Homeland Security’s drive to depict those who use physical money as potential terrorists.
As reported by the Contra Costa Times recently,from May onwards,residents will no long be allowed to pay water bills or purchase park permits after the Discovery Bay Community Services District board voted to ban cash transactions for all services.
Anyone paying for such public services must do so with a credit/debit
edit on 27-1-2011 by DimensionalDetective because: (no reason given)