Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority to pay bill with rewards credit card
The checks won't always be in the mail from a local sewage authority.
The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority will begin paying its monthly bills by credit card.
Authority assistant manager Kevin Kaplan said the move will earn the authority “cash back” on its spending.
“The more we spend, the more we will get,” Kaplan said. “I looked at our monthly accounts and took about 10 percent. It's not a big savings, but even $500 a year is something.”
The authority will be able to charge up to $25,000 worth of bills each month.
The card's monthly balance will be paid off in full before interest can be charged, Kaplan said.
In August, the board approved the payment of $229,254 worth of invoices.
This isn't the first cost-savings plan Kaplan has put into motion for the authority. Last fall, he implemented a GPS program that saves the authority about $4,000 per year in gas.
Manager Jim Brucker lauded Kaplan's latest plan.
“When Kevin gave me the sales pitch, I could see long-range savings of thousands,” Brucker said. “Like any credit card, we'll get all of the cash rebates back.”
The authority already uses one credit card for some expenses. The Chase-issued credit card has a $2,500 credit limit and is paid off each month.
A review of authority credit card statements from 2012 and 2013 shows it is used to reserve hotel rooms when Brucker and other personnel attend sewage conferences, EZ Pass reloads, online purchases and computer software.
The card also is used for gas when Brucker travels to conferences, records show.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-871-2365, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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