By Alexis R. Milan
Belize City residents can now pay both property tax and trade license expenses from the comfort of their homes or offices via the Internet, through a partnership between the Belize City Council and Atlantic Bank.
The Belize City Council announced the launch of its latest on-line service last week Wednesday. According to Mayor Darrel Bradley, the Council will market the service heavily as these payments account for $9 million worth of CitCo’s yearly revenue, and since streamlining the process is significant to the Council’s operations.
Bradley said the move is the latest effort to make the Council more effective and make their services more fluid and accessible. Bradley said they Council is committed to providing quality services and is happy to partner with Atlantic Bank.
Bradley explained that residents, even those that don’t have an Atlantic Bank account, can pay on-line with any credit card. He added that the services have expanded, so residents can now make walk-in payments at any Atlantic Bank branch. Bradley said the transaction would also include a minimal service fee.
Residents who pay on-line can access the service by visiting the City Council website and clicking the “Web” tab and selecting the “Property Tax and Trade On-line Payment” option. Residents will then be directed to the log-in screen and will be prompted to enter their customer number and tax number, both of which are located on the original CitCo documents.
Bradley stated that citizens over 65 years of age may claim a 25 percent discount on property tax for their primary residence. This discount is also available on-line.
Bradley said he expects the service to be a popular payment medium. He expressed his thanks to the CitCo and Atlantic Bank team, which made the service possible and revealed the Council’s plan to roll out more services in the near future.