Bill Payment FAQ's

General
What are some of the benefits of receiving my bill electronically?
It is convenient, saves time, reduces errors, allows you to receive bills anywhere at any time and helps the environment by saving trees. You can continue to receive a paper bill, but if you elect to go paperless, you can always print out a copy of the invoice if needed.

What are the benefits of paying a bill online?
Paying online with a credit card or electronic check saves time, gives you the flexibility to pay how and when desired, and saves money (no more stamps, paper checks or envelopes), and Invoice Cloud will store your information for future use – but only if you choose to store it.

What is Invoice Cloud?
Invoice Cloud is a web-based, electronic invoice presentment and payment company that we have partnered with to provide faster, more convenient billing services to our customers. By automating billing and collections, customers can click and pay online while helping the environment and reducing clutter in their home or workspace.

What is the relationship between my city, town or utility and Invoice Cloud?
Your biller wanted to make paying bills easier for their customers, but didn’t have the electronic presentment and payment systems required to display, safely process and store financial information. Your biller chose Invoice Cloud because it is easy to use, and the security is the strongest available. All the data collected is double encrypted and stored on secure servers. The data is not sold or released for any purpose other than to complete transactions.
Is there one account number for all of my bills?
No, account numbers are different tax for each property address:
• Personal Property and Sewer Use - Account Number

If I pay different bills (i.e. Business License and water) do I need to register twice?
Yes, one time registration is required for each bill type to access the resident portal. You need to register for each of the bill types and accounts you wish to pay online. If you own two parcels you will need to register both parcels.  Once the initial registration process has been completed for each of your accounts, viewing and paying future invoices will be in place. However, if you register your accounts with the same email and password, you will get a list of accounts to choose from in your customer portal.

Using the System
How does the system work?
It is very simple. Here are the 3 steps taken by customers:
1. Customer receives email notification or accesses account via the Biller website by clicking on the “View or Pay Your Bill” button.
2. Customer locates and views invoice and either enters payment information for a One Time Payment or registers to schedule a payment.
3. Customer receives an email confirmation with their payment amount and payment process date.

Can I use an Apple /Mac to use the service?
Yes, many customers use Macs.

What Browsers are supported?
Windows: Safari 4, 5 - Chrome 10, 11 - Opera 10, 11 - Firefox 3.6, 4 - Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9
iPhone and iPad: Mobile Safari 4x
Apple/Mac: Firefox 3.6, 4.0 - Chrome 11 - Opera 10.x, 11 - Safari 4, 5
Ubuntu (Linux): Opera 9.6 - Firefox 3.6

I cannot locate my bill.
Please scroll down on the page to view the matching items at the bottom. Otherwise, try re-reading the instructions for the search criteria. Utility bills may require a service address as confirmation. It must be entered exactly as indicated on printed bill.

Do I have to enter an email address to make a payment?
Yes, an email address is required for payment confirmation. A payment receipt is sent via email.

When I try to pay my bill, it asks for credit card information and I want to pay by electronic check.
Under “How would you like to pay” click on the drop-down box and choose EFT Check.

Will I receive a confirmation email that my bill has been paid?
Yes, you will receive a confirmation email.
Do I need to register to pay a bill?
You may need to register to receive electronic bills by email, but registration is not required for One Time Payments. One Time Payments require that you enter your payment information each time you make a payment. By registering, you avoid that step and gain access to your payment history.

Why should I register to pay a bill?
By registering, you have access to all of your invoices regardless of type and all of the features of the payment portal. These features include the ability to view all current invoices, see previous invoices and payment dates, update your profile information, access the online customer service system, go paperless (if bill type allows), schedule payments for a specific dates, and sign up for Auto-Pay. You also avoid having to enter your payment information each time you pay a bill.

How Do I Register?
Registering is easy and can be done when you make a payment. There are two ways you can make a payment.
1. When you receive an email notification that your bill is ready to be paid, simply click on the “View Invoice or Pay Now” button. You will be directed to Biller’s “Pay and/or View Bills Online” site, powered by Invoice Cloud. Once there, you will be given the opportunity to register or make a One Time Payment. If you choose to register, you will be asked to provide a password and accept the terms and conditions to use the system. The payment information you enter in your profile will then be securely encrypted and saved for your next visit.
2. You can go directly to the biller’s website and click on the “Pay or View your Bill” button. You will then be directed to the Biller’s “Pay and/or View Bills Online” site, powered by Invoice Cloud. Once there, you will need to locate your account and be given the opportunity to register or make a one time payment. If you choose to register, you will be asked to provide a password and accept the terms and conditions to use the system. The payment information you enter in your profile will then be securely encrypted and saved for your next visit.

How do I find my account number to login?
Once you have registered, you will need only your email address and password to log in. To login the first time you use the system, you will need your account number or customer ID from your bill. The “locate your bill” screen gives instructions regarding the required information.

I forgot my Password, how do I find it?
You should click on “Forgotten Password?” at the bottom of the login screen. You will need your account number and email address to retrieve your password. If you’re unable to locate this information, you may call the Biller, and after verifying your identity, the Biller can provide you with the information.

Can more than one person pay bills online for the same account?
There are two ways that payment responsibilities can be shared. If the other payer is part of your household, you may choose to share your login information with that individual. In a situation where personal financial data is not shared, you may forward your email notification to the individual, who will then click on the “View or Pay Now” button and elect to make a one time payment. They will need to enter their name, email address, address and payment information. They will receive the payment confirmation. You can verify their payment by viewing the invoices in your account.
Payment
What forms of payment can I use?
You can pay by credit or debit card or you may issue an electronic check from your bank account (checking or savings). Please check your biller’s website for the credit and debit cards that are eligible.

Can I still send in a paper check?
Yes, your bill can be paid in any of the following ways:
• Email notification based payment – click the “View invoice or Pay Now” button in your email
• Web based online payment – login to online bill pay via your biller website
• Phone payments – call your biller’s office
• Paper check – sent by whatever means you choose, including US Postal Service (note: many paper checks today are converted into electronic transactions once they are received by the biller).

If I don’t have email can I still process an electronic payment?
No, to complete the online payment process, you will need an email address so that the system can deliver your payment confirmation. If you do not have an email address, you can obtain a free email account from any of the following services: yahoo.com, hotmail.com, or gmail.com.

Which bills can I pay online?
You can pay current water and sewer bills.

What are the costs for paying online?
There are no signup costs or subscription fees. There are fees imposed by Biller/Invoice Cloud for returned payments, and your bank may charge you a fee based on the bank's fee schedule.

How should I enter my credit card information?
The information you enter on the payment screen must be exactly the same as it appears on your credit card. This information collected will be used to authorize your payment.

How will I know that my payment has been accepted?
After you submit your payment, you will see a payment confirmation screen. It will contain your payment confirmation message. It will show an approved number for credit cards or a processed number for electronic check. You will also receive a confirmation email after your transaction is submitted. The email will include your account number, invoice number, amount paid, and confirmation message. If your electronic check does not pass through the bank, you will receive an email informing you of the rejected payment. You may need to call your biller in order to pay again.

Can I use more than one payment method per transaction?
Yes, if your biller accepts partial payments, you may use one payment method for part of the transaction and another payment method for other parts of the transaction.

How long does it take for a credit card transaction to process if I pay online?
Credit card transactions typically take 48 hours to settle. An authorization is issued immediately; however, it takes 48 hours for the money to be moved.

How long does it take for an EFT (electronic funds transfer) transaction to process if I pay online?
EFT transactions typically take 48 – 72 hours to settle.

Do I need to notify my bank or change bank accounts?
No, your current bank account (checking or savings) will work fine. So many payments are made electronically now that banks are already prepared for online payments. However, if you have arranged through your bank to automatically pay your bill, you need to contact your bank and discontinue the automated payment, otherwise you may pay your bill twice.

What information do I need to make a payment?
If you are registered, the only information you need to have available to complete a payment transaction is your email address and password. If you make a One Time Payment, then you will also need your bank account or credit card information and your account number.

When can I pay?
You can make payment or review your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is always a good idea to pay or schedule a payment at least few days before the due date to allow for processing time.

Can I use a credit card to pay my bill(s)?
Yes, you can. There is no convenience fee when using credit cards. 

Can I use a debit card to pay my bill(s)?
Yes, although technically your debit card will be processed like a credit card and you will not be asked to enter a pin number. 

Can I tell if my payment has been posted?
Yes, simply login to your account and select “View paid or closed invoices”. If you are a registered customer, you will receive an email notification.

Will I have online access to my account?
Yes, you will have 24/7 access to your account for invoice review and payment, payment history and customer service requests.

How long will my payment history be maintained?
18 months is the standard retention period.

Will I be able to print a copy of my bill?
Yes, each invoice is presented in PDF and HTML format. Electronic storage is recommended because it saves paper and has a beneficial impact on our environment.

How do I change my account information?
Simply log into your account and change any of your personal information under the My Profile tab. If you are unable to change some of your information, you may need to call the biller and have them change it for you.

What is a partial payment?
A partial payment occurs when only part of an invoice is paid and may apply if your biller has elected to allow partial payments. Please contact your biller’s office for more information.

Why am I being charged a late fee?
If you feel that this fee has been assessed in error or you would like more information about late fee charges, please contact your biller’s office.

Advanced Features
How much does paying online help the environment?
Paying online is only half of the benefit, by going paperless and not receiving paper invoices, you can increase the effect you can have on the environment. There are several ways reducing paper consumption helps the environment, including saving trees and using less gas. According to the PayItGreen AllianceTM, if one in five households were to switch to electronic payments, statements and bills, we could collectively save 1.8 million trees each year and avoid using 103 million gallons of gasoline to mail bills, statements, and payments. If you’d like to be part of that one in five, just sign up to “go paperless” in your account under my profile, paperless options.

What is Auto-Pay?
If you elect to opt in to Auto-Pay, it means that your bills will be paid automatically on their due dates using your default credit card or bank account. This will avoid any late fees and free you from having to remember when to pay.

Can I cancel Auto-Pay?
Yes, simply go into your profile and uncheck the auto-pay box that you had previously checked when you elected to opt into Auto-Pay.
I signed up for Auto Pay but do not see any information under “My scheduled payments.”
The Auto Pay date will not appear under scheduled payments. Auto Pay will be debited from the customer’s account on the due date.

What are scheduled payments?
Scheduled payments are scheduled individually by you for each bill on your specified date.

Can I schedule payments?
Yes. You can set up a future payment at any time prior to the bill due date.

Can I change a scheduled payment?
Yes, as long as it is changed before the date it was scheduled to be paid.

What is the difference between auto-pay and a scheduled payment?
Auto-pay is an automated process which pays your balance in full each billing cycle at 2am on the due date; scheduled payments are manually entered by you for the date you choose for each bill you choose.

What if I already have auto-pay or a scheduled payment set up with my bank?
You will need to contact your bank and cancel your automated or scheduled payment before the payment is due (typically payments are made a couple days in advance of the due date, so don’t wait until the last minute).

When I sign up to “Go Paperless,” will I still receive a paper bill in the mail?
No, you will receive an email notification each time a new bill is ready for you to view and pay. Email notifications go to the email address used when you registered, a second email address may added if you wish to send notifications to an additional or back up email address.

Can I start receiving paper bills again?
Yes, simply go into your profile and under Paperless Options, select “No, I don’t want to go paperless.” Be sure to update/save the change.

I received an email stating “Thank you for going paperless,” but I DID NOT sign up for paperless!
The paperless box is generally defaulted to enroll you in paperless billing because it helps the environment.
Option 1: Customer must click on “Complete paperless process” link within email to complete enrollment. If they do not, the paperless option will not be active and will drop off system within a few days.
Option 2: Customer can log into account and cancel paperless registration.
Choose >My Profile>paperless option>cancel paperless registration

Getting Help
Who do I contact with questions about a bill?
If you are unable to find the information you need in your online payment history or open invoices, please call your biller’s office at 509-773-3771.

I accidentally deleted my current email notification, what should I do?
If you are registered, you can login via your biller website and view the bill there, or you can call your biller’s office and ask them to resend the email.

What if this website is down or for some reason I am unable to use this site?
Please be aware that interest and fees will not be waived if this website is inoperable for any reason or if data entry errors occur. If the website is inoperable, payments can be made by mail, by phone in some locations or at the biller’s Office.

If I have additional questions or I am having trouble registering, who should I call?
Your biller’s office at 509-773-3771 can answer most questions, but if the website is down or inoperable, please call Invoice Cloud customer service at (781) 848-3733.
Security
Is my information secure?
Invoice Cloud uses the highest standards in Internet security. Account information displayed within the customer and biller portals is truncated to protect confidential data. Any information retained is not shared with third parties.

Are my credit card and checking account information safe when I pay online?
Absolutely. Invoice Cloud will safely store all of your financial information using Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliant systems. This includes truncating (abbreviating) account numbers so that even the Biller does not see your complete account information.

What is PCI Compliance and why is it so important?
PCI stands for Payment Card Industry, and compliance with the industry standards is a requirement for those that accept the major credit cards and for software providers who have applications which involve the transmission and/or storage of credit card information. If breaches are found on systems that are not PCI compliant, the major credit card companies have the ability to levy significant fines on the offending parties.

Who has access to my account?
You and Biller’s authorized staff. No one will have access to your financial information as all check routing numbers and credit card numbers are truncated, so you never have to worry about security. As a security precaution, we don’t even show your full financial information back to you.

Animal Control

 

A Message from the City of Goldendale Animal Control Officer to all dog owners within the City limits: All dogs must have a license and be restrained. Dog licenses can be obtained by first having current proof of rabies vaccination by a veterinarian and bring it with you to City Hall to purchase your current dog tag. Current prices are as listed:

 

Unaltered dog - $50.00
Altered dog - $10.00
Citation for failure to obtain dog license: $87.50
Citation for failure to restrain your dog: $87.50

 

Rabies vaccinations are available from the Goldendale Veterinary Clinic and Mid-Columbia Veterinary Clinic in Goldendale or one of the several veterinary clinics in The Dalles, Oregon, or Yakima, Washington. We strongly suggest you keep the rabies tag on your pet\'s collar. If lost and then found, many times the pet\'s owner can be found by the number located on the rabies tag.

 

Your pet can be neutered or spayed at the Goldendale Veterinary Clinic and Mid-Columbia Veterinary Clinic in Goldendale or one of the several veterinary clinics in The Dalles, Oregon, or Yakima, Washington.

 

Important Goldendale Municipal Codes:

 

6.04.020 - License Required - Exceptions: No person shall without first obtaining a permit therefore in writing from the bureau of licenses, City of Goldendale, own, keep, harbor or have custody of any animal over 6 months of age, except that this section shall not apply to the keeping of small cage pets. Permits are due on January 1st of each year and become delinquent on April 1st; thereafter a $10 penalty shall be added to the cost of the permit.

 

6.04.140 - Dogs - Restraint - All dogs shall be kept under restraint.

 

6.04.080 - Nuisance - No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.

A. The owner of every animal shall be reponsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his animal(s) on public areas or private property, and shall carry a bag to facilitate the removal of excreta. The owner shall further not permit such excreta or food supplies, on the property of the owner or elsewhere, to be or become a breeding place for insects or flies, to be or become unsanitary, or to give offensive odor. Failure to remove excreta shall be cited in accordance with GMC 1.20.

B. Any person causing or allowing any pen, yard, or dog run or other structure wherein any dog may be kept to become unclean or unsanitary because of the failure to remove and dispose of filth, trash, or excrement which emits noxious odors or is hazardous to humans or any animal and such allowance shall be cited in accordance with GMC 1.20.

C. Any animal which trespasses upon the property of another and which interferes with the quiet enjoyment of a residential property, or which flies, buzzes, digs, or otherwise harasses any person while off the owner\'s or custodian\'s property, shall be considered a nuisance animal and such trespass and/or harassment shall be cited in accordance with GMC 1.20.

 

 

6.04.180 - Dangerous Dogs - Definition: A: \"Dangerous dog\" is defined as (1) any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack without provocation, to cause injury to, or to endanger the safety of humans or domestic animals; or (2) any dog which attacks human beings or domestic animals without provocation. B: \"Owner\" means any person or legal entity having a possessory property right in a dog or who harbors, cares for, exercises control over, or knowingly permits to dog to remain on premises occupied by the legal entity. C: \"Provocation\" is defined as: taunting, striking, or screaming at a dog, or unauthorized entry into the premises where a dog is kept. D: \"Unconfined\" means not securely confined indoors and not confined in a securely enclosed, locked pen or structure. Such pen or structure shall have attached sides and a secure top. If the open or structure has no flooring secured to the sides, the sides shall be embedded into the ground no less than eighteen inches. E: A dog in possession of a law enforcement official for law enforcement purposes shall not be deemed a dangerous dog.

 

6.04.100 - Female in Heat - Every female dog in heat shall be confined in a building/secure enclosure in such a manner that the female dog cannot come in contact with another animal except for planned breeding. Any owner or person responsible for the care and keeping of the dog in accordance with this section who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined according to GMC 1.20.

 

 

To view and/or print a complete and up to date copy of the dog control and animal ordinances, please go to the homepage and click on City Municipal Codes on the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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Council Meetings

 

The Goldendale City Council meets every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. If Monday is a holiday, however, the meeting is scheduled for the next day. The meeting time is 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 1103 South Columbus Avenue. The City establishes, from time to time, sub committees of the council to discuss more detailed information and make recommendations to the full council. The current established committees are the Budget Committee, Resource Committee, and the Ordinance Committee.

 

Generally, the role of the City Council is to adopt and enforce ordinances, to define the functions, powers, and duties of the city’s officers and employees, to adopt an annual budget and approve expenditures of city funds, to authorize the Mayor to execute certain agreements and to engage in economic development activities.

 

Click here to go to the Agendas and Minutes page.

 

 

Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city obtained its start as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail. The first plat was recorded in 1872 and the city was incorporated in 1879. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. It serves as the regional service center.

 

Goldendale, Washington is located on a fertile plateau some 100 east of Portland, Oregon, 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington, and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities. The majestic Columbia River is only 13 miles south of the city. The terrain is generally rolling with an elevation of 1620’ at the airport. The Simcoe mountains, visible from the City, rise in the north to an elevation of 5500’. Four mountain tops, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from certain places in the city.

 

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01-20-17 Mayor Mike\'s Update

Click here to read Mayor Mike\'s 2016 State of the City Report.

 

04-16-14 - Updated Zoning Map for the City of Goldendale
Click here to view the updated zoning map (PDF).

 

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