Like most municipalities throughout Acadiana, budget constraints have city officials tightening their belts, hoping to save money in any way possible. And for the city of Abbeville that means cutting back on city hall employees and their hours of operation. So what does that mean for residents looking to pay their utility bills during off hours?
According to Mayor Mark Piazza the city will soon be offering a 24 hour a day 7 day a week kiosk system. The new system will be located out front of city hall and will take cash, credit or checks.
Mayor Piazza says right now there is a drop box out front but it doesn't accept all forms of payment and does not give tax payers a receipt. Piazza says this new system will leave tax payers with a receipt and it will be more convenient in fitting into everyone's schedule. Mayor Piazza says by utilizing this new system an open position was eliminated at city hall, which will save the city money in the long run.
The new system, which is similar to an ATM machine, will be up and running sometime in July.