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Hamburg village taxes can be paid online with credit card

Hamburg village property owners will be getting their tax bills soon, and this year they will be able to pay on the village’s website.

But officials want to make sure the system is free of glitches before publicizing that bills can be paid with a credit card.

“We’ve been working on it for two months, and we’re still not done with it,” Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said.

The village does not have an information technology expert on staff, but the system will be up and running by the time bills go out, he said. “We’re not publicizing it just because it’s the first year, and we’d like to make sure we’ve got all the bugs out of it,” he said.

“It’s going to be a service to the residents.”

The Village Board formally approved the tax warrant Monday night and authorized the payments to be made online. Bills will be sent to residents soon, and they can be paid without penalty through July 1.

Also Monday night, the board asked for more information on a proposal from Peter J. Smith & Co., a municipal planning firm, to examine the land uses in the village and what types of uses would be supported in different sections of the village.

Trustees want to know what form the final report will take and what the village will be able to do with it. They expect to discuss it at their next meeting.

Also set for the May 6 meeting is a discussion, and possible decision, on a new ordinance governing the storage of boats, trailers and recreational vehicles.

The village has been revising the old ordinance, and the proposal is on the village website,, under “Legal notices.”