The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 3, 2014

Change coming over coin payments


— ERIE (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania township is asking residents to keep the change. Literally.

Officials in Millcreek Township, along with its water and sewer authorities, have adopted a policy limiting how much change they’ll accept from residents paying sewer bills and other fees.

David Sterrett, executive director of the authorities, tells the Erie Times-News that officials “coined” their “loose-coin policy” after a woman showed up last month with a shoebox full of nickels, dimes and quarters to pay a $200 sewer bill.

Sterrett says it took four employees an hour to count, sort and put the money into paper sleeves to be deposited at the bank.

The new policy limits residents to using $10 in unrolled coins or $20 in rolled coins when paying bills.