Buda's utility customers will be using a new payment platform, InvoiceCloud, to pay their upcoming utility bills.

The new payment platform will officially launch Jan. 18.

The details

InvoiceCloud offers alternate payment methods other than an electronic check.

Buda's utility customers will be able to pay with:
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Utility customers will also be able to pay their bills by text and receive more bill payment reminders.

The impact

Finance Director Bianca Redmon said InvoiceCloud will help customers save money. Previously, utility customers were paying a flat rate of 3% plus 85 cents. Now, residents will be paying a flat rate of 3.3%.

"Whenever you look at the average bill that a customer pays now, and you apply the old fees of 3% plus 85 cents versus the 3.3%, the 3.3% is lower," Redmon said.

According to a news release, customers paying the average bill amount of $179 will save 31 cents if processing online payments through a credit or debit card. The e-check option will have a flat fee of $1.95 but allows customers to save over $4 per transaction compared to the previous fee system. Customers who enroll in auto-pay e-check will have a waived processing fee.