Benton Moving Ahead with Plans to Offer Water Bill Payment by Credit Card

Photo: Barry Wright

BENTON – During the accounts and finance portion of the Benton City Council Monday night, the council approved moving forward with using the Illinois Epay System in order to allow residents to pay their water bills with their credit cards sometime in the near future.

A terminal will be installed in the front lobby of City Hall where residents will be able to pay their bill with a credit card. The city will not have anyone’s credit card number on file. It’s also not known at this time if a surcharge will be applied for using a credit card.

Residents can still pay their water bill at US Bank, State Bank of Whittington, People’s National Bank or Legence Bank in Benton. They can also drop it off at City Hall either inside or outside in the drop box.

The council is expected to give its full approval on the credit card issue at its next meeting on March 26.

Also, during this part of the meeting, the council approved moving forward with getting engineering costs for infrastructure projects as money becomes available, approving the city’s engineering firm of John H. Crawford and Associates to move forward with inspecting the Lake Hamilton and Benton Lake Dams for insurance purposes and reviewing current in town and out of town water rates due to the recent water rate increase by the Rend Lake Water Conservancy District.

Council members also approved two items for Farm City Days coming up on June 9 in Benton.

Public Health and Safety Commissioner Don Storey says one involves a road closure for the Farm City Days Celebration. The other involves the Farm City Days Parade.

For more information about this year’s event, call 603-6002 or visit

The council also moved ahead with plans to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with West City to allow residents with golf carts or UTV’s to be able to come and go between Benton and West City.

Details of the agreement are currently being worked out. The council is expected to approve this soon.