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Lucas County customer story
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HOW LUCAS COUNTY TREASURY MODERNIZED TAX PAYMENT ACCEPTANCE BY INTEGRATING FORTE’S SWP CHECKOUT
Lucas County
 Products used    
IVR  |  In-person payments  |  BillPay
Wanted: electronic payment options without prohibitive fees
Just west of Lake Erie and north of the Maumee River, Lucas County is home to 441,800 Ohio citizens. The county’s Treasury department was in need of a simplified, modern method to accept tax payments that wasn’t paired with the exorbitant fees they had previously encountered. Lucas County was directed to Forte Payment Systems and found an easy, secure solution with an affordable fee structure.

The challenge

Gina Hughes, Cash Management Supervisor of the Lucas County Treasury, explained that the department was only able to accept tax payments by mail and in-person at the cashier window. This required the use of carbon copies and employees were forced to hand-enter data into the computer. In an effort to modernize the process, Lucas County partnered with a payment processor that expanded their available payment options. However, that company came with a high fee structure and unresponsive customer service. Though these fees were transferred to the taxpayers, Lucas County wanted a better option that cost less and needed a team of payment professionals who would be responsive to their needs.

Why forte
Lucas was invited to try out Forte’s offerings by an established contact. Hughes said that Forte had an agreeable fee structure, along with the ability of adding POS options in the office. This led to the partnership between the Lucas County Treasury and Forte.
How forte helped
Since Lucas County already had infrastructure in place from a previous payment processor, the transition to Forte was “pretty seamless,” according to Hughes. Taxpayers can now use an online shopping cart to make payments, making the tax collection process more efficient for both Lucas County and its citizens.

•  Offering more options: Taxpayers can now make payments via credit card or eCheck, along with IVR and EMV-compliant point-of-sale options.

•  Providing excellent service: Hughes enthusiastically praised Forte’s customer service, saying that our reps go “above and beyond” to ensure that any issues are handled in a timely manner.

The Lucas County Treasury department has enjoyed a positive, beneficial partnership with Forte, and both parties continue working together to find fitting solutions for payment processing.
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The results

Since adopting Forte solutions, Lucas County has seen a vast reduction in posting issues, along with an increase in credit card and eCheck transactions. There has been a 283% growth in the number of transactions processed from 2012 to 2017, the time in which Forte and Lucas County have been partnered. Additionally, the department has noted less complaints from taxpayers concerning the fee structure.

Conclusion
Forte was able to provide the Lucas County Treasury with a reliable solution that has proven to be valuable to both the office and taxpayers. Forte’s industry-leading solutions and helpful customer service team is what sets us apart.
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Lucas County

Summary

The Lucas County Treasury partnered with Forte Payment Systems to expand payment options for taxpayers, along with making the process more modern and efficient.

Highlights

•  Lucas County previously accepted payments in-person and by mail only. Forte helped them grow these    options into online, IVR, and POS.
•  Forte’s comprehensive solution modernized the process of making payments and minimized posting    issues.
•  Between 2012 and 2017, Lucas County saw a 283% growth in transactions processed.

Complete flexibility

•  IVR
•  In-person payments
•  Billpay

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