INDIANAPOLIS — Paying an Indianapolis traffic ticket, an animal care citation or a permit in person can be a pain. The only way to do so is at the Indianapolis City-County Building.
But a new proposal just passed in the Indianapolis City-County Council will change that and create three kiosks across the city, making it easier for some to pay their tickets.
The full council unanimously approved a proposal Monday evening to approve the $36,000 purchase of the kiosks. The funding for the program would come from the Enhanced Access Fund. When you pay an extra fee to pay a ticket online, the fee goes to that fund.
The three kiosks would be spread across Marion County. One is planned for the City-County Building outside the security line. The exact locations for the other two haven’t been determined. The current plan is to make them operate 24 hours a day.
The goal of the kiosks is to help people avoid late fees for their tickets and violations, Indianapolis Chief Information Officer Ken Clark said.
“Often times, if you can’t get to the City-County Building during normal hours, you can’t pay on time,” he said last month. “We think we could see a reduction in late fees.”
Clark said the goal is to have as many as 10 kiosks across the city. Another long-term goal for the kiosks is to allow people to pay their IPL and Citizens Energy bills there.
He also said the cost for the kiosks will actually be lower than the proposed $36,000. Credit cards will also be accepted at the kiosks.
“When we launched Indy 3.0 last year, we acknowledged that the future of serving Indianapolis looks different in the 21st century,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. “The expansion of the kiosk pilot program builds upon our efforts to bring city government directly to neighborhoods, creating easier accessibility for residents to a wide variety of services.”