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Extra charges on debit cards are a burden - The Galveston County Daily News: Letters To Editor

October 26, 2016

Extra charges on debit cards are a burden

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:00 am

I was at the Galveston County Tax Office this week to register a new boat trailer and I noticed a sign that said there would be a “2.5 percent credit card charge and a $3 convenience charge on debit cards.”

I think we all know that businesses pay a percentage when using credit cards but not when using debit cards, so I am wondering what the justification is for the debit card charge. With a debit card, county officials know instantly if the transaction is approved, there are no bad checks and it costs the county nothing to provide this service.

It seems that this charge is unjustified and shouldn’t be added to the burden we carry as taxpayers in the county.

Henry Homrighaus

Texas City