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All City Departments May Soon Accept Credit Cards

This winter, you may finally be able to pay for your ice skating at Schenley Skating Rink or your indoor swim at Oliver Bath House with a credit card.

Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution Tuesday recommending that all city departments begin accepting credit and debit cards.

“Most governments have already come around to using debit cards and credit cards, but the city (of Pittsburgh) hasn’t,” said City Council President Darlene Harris. “This will bring the city into the 21st century.”

Harris said she understands that cash isn’t as convenient as plastic, and she expects Pittsburghers to welcome the change.

“I myself will use debit and credit cards instead of carrying cash around,” Harris said. “People don’t like to carry cash these days.”

Harris said the change shouldn’t cost the city any money, as fees associated with processing the transactions will be absorbed by customers. The details of how this would work haven’t been hammered out yet.

The special resolution, called a “Will of Council,” did not include a timeline for the implementation of credit and debit card transactions in city departments that collect money from the public.