DERRY — The Municipal Center will soon have its own ATM, so those who are short on cash when they go to pay their bills will be able to take out money.

Councilors voted recently to put an automated teller machine in the lobby of the town offices. Every time someone uses it, the town will receive at least 25 cents.

The effort to get the ATM was spearheaded by Tax Collector Pat Milone. Many times, she said, people come in to pay a bill or sign up for a license at one of the town offices and don’t have enough cash. Plus, employees could withdraw money.

“I thought it would help employees and customers,” she said.

Milone asked the bank that handles the town’s money — Citizens Bank — if it would consider putting an ATM in the Municipal Center. It wouldn’t, because it said there wouldn’t be enough traffic to support it. But Citizens Bank helped her find Eastern ATM, a Seabrook-based company that already owns 14 ATMs in Derry.

Seabrook didn’t charge the town anything to put the machine in the Municipal Center, Milone said. But there is a processing fee of $2 with every transaction. The company will stock the ATM.

If the ATM is used at least 500 times a month, the town gets 35 cents per transaction. If it is used less than that, the town gets 25 cents for every transaction.

“It’s a little extra revenue for the town,” Milone said. “And it didn’t cost anything.”

Derry will be one of the only town halls in the area with an ATM. And it will be one of the only towns that has an ATM in a town-owned building.

“It’s improving customer service,” Milone said. She expects that the ATM will be in the lobby of the Municipal Center by the end of this month.

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