A letter writer (TNT, 4-9) asked why Pierce County charges a fee when taxpayers use a credit card to pay through the assessor-treasurer website (piercecountywa.org/atr). I wish we didn’t have to, but state law prohibits the county from absorbing the fees charged for credit card transactions.
While the cardholder seldom sees it, all credit card transactions carry a fee, normally paid by the merchant accepting the payment. The assessor-treasurer uses a vendor which charges 2.4 percent of the tax payment, which is a typical amount for these fees. None of this fee goes to the county.
If, for …