City now allows credit cards, online payment for water bills

The City of Biloxi is now offering its water customers the option of paying their monthly water bill with a credit card or e-check, either in the water department office or through the city’s web site.

The vendor providing the secure service – — charges a convenience fee of 2.95 percent plus 63 cents for credit cards – about $2.78 on a $72 water bill — or a flat $2.50 for echecks.

“These are services that have been requested in the past by our customers,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “We’ve tried to find a way to avoid charging a convenience fee, but state law does not allow it.

“However, a service that some of our customers already use – and it’s free – is a bank draft service where customer’s accounts can be automatically billed each month. Just drop by the water department on Main Street and they’ll set it up with your bank.”

To use the city’s online water bill payment, click on the E-services link, which is at the top left of any page on the city web site. To go directly to the page E-serices page now, click here.

Holloway presented lifetime achievement award

Mayor A.J. Holloway was presented a lifetime achievement award Tuesday night during the 2012 Covey Awards, an annual ceremony that spotlights the local hospitality and gaming industry.

Cheli Strumila, owner of the Coast Observer entertainment newspaper, recognized Holloway for his lifetime of public service and continuing service to the city.

To see photographs from the presentation and the evening, click here.