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People can now use credit cards or debit cards to pay parking tickets issued in Butte-Silver Bow County.

They can use Mastercard or Visa cards at either the Parking office in the Courthouse at 155 W. Granite St. or online at www.co.silverbow.mt.us, the county’s website.

To pay online, people need their ticket and license plate numbers. Click on the Online Payments icon.

The Parking Commission installed a new computer and system in June that spits out tickets on the spot through hand-held electronic devices, tracks violations and links with a state database so it’s easier and faster to find vehicle owners who have been fined.

Collection rates have gone up since the system was installed and officials hope they will increase even more by allowing payments through credit and debit cards.

“In this day and age, if somebody gets a ticket we’re hoping that when they see they can pay online, they might just jump on their smart phone and take care of it right then,” Parking Director Stephanie Marshall said Monday.

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