STOW: Some fines owed to Stow Municipal Court can be paid online starting Thursday.
Court Clerk Diana Colavecchio said those who owe traffic waiver fines or fines from criminal cases with a final balance can go to the court’s website at www.stowmunicourt.com and click on the “online payment” link. Residents can also log on to www.stowmunipmts.com.
Providing the service has been a priority for Colavecchio since she became clerk in January.
While attending a conference in May, she met a representative from nCourt, a Georgia company.
“I found out that we can offer the service at no cost to the court,” she said.
Founded in 2002, nCourt provides online payment services for 2,000 government offices in 29 states, including Ohio.
After checking into the business and speaking to some of its customers, Colavecchio said she found no downside to partnering with the company.
“I don’t have to sign a contract,” she said. “They are secure, they don’t keep payment information on file, and other courts said they saved money.”
The site is very user friendly, Colavecchio said.
On Thursday, those who go to the court website to use the Internet payment program will determine what they owe by reading a half-page list of fines.
Users will pay a 7 percent fee to the Georgia company for the convenience of paying by credit card or debit card 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fines can still be paid in person during office hours with cash, check or money order at no charge or by credit card for a 3.5 percent fee.