First half of property-tax bill comes due April 30.

The Snohomish County treasurer has switched to a new vendor to offer less expensive online payments.

EVERETT — As people look to pay their 2019 property taxes, they might notice a change by the Snohomish County Treasurer’s Office.

The county has a new merchant services vendor to process credit card payments.

“We found someone who gave us a better rate and offered us the additional functionality of electronic billing, which I would love people to sign up for,” chief deputy treasurer Jill Smith said.

Point & Pay charges a standard 2.35 percent fee for all credit cards, rather than the varying rate charged by the county’s previous vendor. There’s a flat fee of $3.50 for online debit card payments (online only) and $1 for eChecks.

The company, based in Florida’s Tampa Bay area, handles payment systems for thousands of government agencies and utilities. King County uses the same vendor.

The first half of property taxes are due April 30. Payments must be received or postmarked by that date to avoid interest and penalties. The second half is due at the end of October.

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