The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

7 October 2004

I do believe it's true

The word hasn't made it to the city Web site yet, but they're putting it out in the City News utility-bill insert: you can now pay Oklahoma City utility bills at the zoo.

Really. Seven days a week, 9 to 5, the Oklahoma City Zoo's Guest Services Counter will take your check or money order in payment of your utility bill, assuming it's current. What's more, they're reserving a couple of parking spaces near the zoo entrance for utility customers.

In another development, the Municipal Court will now take plastic for city fines, in person or over the phone during business hours, and won't even charge you a service fee.

Eventually, they really need to unite all these functions and make them payable at okc.gov. (Right now, only traffic tickets can be paid over the Web.) But I can wait.

Posted at 6:47 PM to City Scene


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If they'll take utility payments at the zoo, how long before you can buy your car tags there?

I mean, couldn't just any trained ape do the work involved, anyway -- with about as much efficiency but just a scoshe more panache?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:29 PM on 7 October 2004

Actually, the vending of auto tags is largely privatized in this state; there's almost a full page of tag agencies listed in the Oklahoma City directory, all of which are connected to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, but none of which are actually operated by the state. (A list is here.) You can get tags from the Department of Public Safety, or by mail, but most people patronize their local agent, since there's generally at least one in every county. (And, with motor-voter rules thrust upon us, they also register voters.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:45 PM on 7 October 2004

I'm wondering how long until you can go to city hall and look at wild animals?

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 11:54 PM on 7 October 2004

Do you mean that you can't, and haven't been able to for quite some time, already?

I mean, the courthouse is quite often the same place regardless of what city you are in.

:)

Posted by: unimpressed at 12:43 AM on 8 October 2004

Speaking of vehicle tag agents, most Oklahoman's don't realize how good they have it compared to a system like the California DMV. The difference is as between good and evil.

Posted by: Mike at 2:13 AM on 8 October 2004

Having used the services of the California DMV, I must concur.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:13 AM on 8 October 2004