COUNTY: Supervisors may update payment policy

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors on Monday could vote to allow the Development Services Department to accept credit card payments for development and impact fees. Currently, the public must pay fees by check or cash.

Kathy Houchin, development services customer service and permitting manager, wrote the board that the department collects between $2 million and $6 million in development fees each fiscal year.

"In response to a need expressed by our customer base and internal operations, the ability to accept credit card payments would provide a convenient payment option to our customers, increase efficiency and collection rate of fines," she wrote.

If the board approves the request, the county would sign a merchant agreement with Bank of America. Houchin estimates it would cost between $16,500 and $46,000 to process credit card payments depending on the number of users.

The board could also vote on allowing property owners to camp in recreational vehicles and travel trailers temporarily on 10-acre or larger parcels. A county zoning ordinance currently bans any camping on private property.

Land Use Manager Steve Mauk rewrote the ordinance at the request of commissioners and supervisors. If the board approves the zoning amendment, campers would be limited to 10 consecutive days of camping and to three times in a year.

Property owners could not rent out camping spaces, and trailers and RVs must be connected to an on-site wastewater system or be fully self-contained.

Other action items include:

• A request from the Yavapai County Centennial Committee to start its first legacy project.

• Possibly voting to allow a television reality show, "16 and Pregnant," to film an actual wedding in the Yavapai County Courthouse.

• Discussing and voting on Public Works' revised regional road plan. Public Works Director Phil Bourdon will explain that, because incoming money continues to decline, he needs to modify the county's road plan.