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Frankfort, Kentucky – County Judge/Executive Huston Wells is proud to announce that the Franklin County Occupational Tax office has begun accepting electronic payments. Anyone who needs to obtain a business license can now fill out the application and pay online. Additionally, customers can come into the office and fill out a paper application and pay with any major credit or debit card. Users of this service will be charged a $1 convenience fee for charges under $40 and 2.49% fee for charges above $40.

“The process started when I began to research various options for electronic payment services,” said Occupational Tax Administrator, Laura Chilton. “It became clear through the vetting process, that paygov.us was the right fit for the County.”

To pay electronically via the web, users can go to the Franklin County website at http://www.franklincounty.ky.gov and click on the “Departments” drop down menu and then click on the “Occupational Tax Administrator” link. Currently, you can only pay for business licenses online. However, you can pay any occupational tax bill electronically in the office. “This is the first step in a larger process. Once we successfully navigate this first stage, we will be looking at expanding this service,” Chilton said.

Judge Wells commented, “We are excited that we are able to bring this new payment option for our businesses. It is really a part of our effort to bring our office into the current century. We hope to be able to expand this electronic payment option to our other offices in the very near future.”

Franklin County received its official charter on May 10, 1795, by act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The newly formed county was created from portions of Mercer, Shelby, and Woodford counties and named for Benjamin Franklin, early American patriot, inventor, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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