This month, the village of Garden City revealed its revised website, which underwent a "major overhaul" to become more user friendly for residents and visitors alike.
Garden City Patch got a sneak peek of the changes days before village clerk Brian Ridgway presented them to the public.
The site's redesign is the brain child of Ridgway, who solicited the expertise of Tom McGerty, a full-time employee in Garden City's recreation department. The end product is a compilation of community feedback, like the font size option suggested by a local senior citizen, as well as ideas seen on some 75 sites for other municipalities across the United States and tweaks suggested by both Ridgway and McGerty.
Many who attended the Jan. 12 presentation applauded the effort. "It's fantastic," Betsy Andromidas said, "really impressive."
The former site was 12 years old and Ridgway said "it was definitely time to update" while keeping a partnership between village residents, the business community and visitors to Garden City.
Grove Street resident Bob Orosz said he would've liked to have seen assessment information on the site. Ridgway said that database is not available in Garden City but rather housed in the Nassau County Assessment Office.
A major change to the site is the ability for residents to pay their water and tax bills online, a feature coming down the pike hopefully by March, according to village auditor Jim Olivo.
Olivo noted that residents will be charged an interchange fee for the tax collection though an ACH transaction won't have a fee attached to it.
"There will be a service charge to pay online," he said. The fee is a percentage of the amount a resident pays in taxes.
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