A new lock box system for tax payments will likely be handled outside the Shawnee County Treasurer's office.
Commissioners voted three to nothing Thursday to accept treasurer Larry Wilson's recommendation to go with CoreFirst's bid on an external lock box system, where bank employees will open and deposit checks sent in by mail.
The vote comes despite commissioners wanting Wilson to consider an internal lock box, where treasurer's office workers would use special equipment to scan checks directly into the county's account.
Wilson said that would require more manpower and the purchase of special equipment, but the county's financial administrator thought it could increase interest income.
Thursday's vote does carry a stipulation that CoreFirst drop a fee it wanted to charge.