No one likes to pay bills. But for most of us, the process is easy whether we write checks or pay bills through the internet.
But for more than 6,000 Vanderburgh County families, it's much harder. They don't have a checking account and pay more than $800 a year to cash paychecks or government checks and just to pay their bills.
Now there's word that an innovative program to help is working. It's called "Bank on Evansville" and is sponsored by the City of Evansville, 16 local financial institutions (see list below) and the United Way.
The city says since the program's inception in February, they've opened a total of 190 accounts. That's 14% of the goal in opening 1,200 accounts this year.
Not only will these consumers save money, but they'll also start to build credit. And, there's also help with classes in how to manage their account.
If you'd like to know more about the program, we have links on the Taking a Stand section on our website. Or, if you live in Vanderburgh County, just call 2-1-1.
To respond to this editorial, send an e-mail or call 812-253-0107. You can send a letter to me at: Debbie Bush, WFIE-TV, and P.O. Box 1414, Evansville, IN 47701.
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