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St. Louis City Hall pictured in October 2016.

ST. LOUIS • When property tax notices arrive in the mail some time over the next two weeks, they will include a new payment option – an app created by Kansas City tech startup PayIt, designed to make it easier to pay taxes and utilities.

With the PayIt app, city residents can pay their property and real estate taxes along with water and refuse bills all at once.

The app is free to download, but users will be assessed a 2.45 percent convenience fee when paying bills.

The app was first developed three years ago after one of its founders, John Thomson, got an error message when trying to renew his vehicle tags online.

So “I had to go to the DMV, and I'm standing in line and I thought, 'There has to be a better way,'” he said.

Thomson, formerly the chief executive officer at Saepio, a cloud-based marketing firm that works with Fortune 500 companies, said he wanted to bring the lessons from the corporate world to government.

While PayIt's partnership is with the city revenue office, Thomson said he is in discussions with Mayor Francis Slay's office about other potential ways the app can be used citywide.

Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly, on Monday said he wants to make it as easy possible for people to pay their taxes.

“It's already painful enough, we thought we could ease some of that pain,” he said adding that younger people in the area expect more convenient options for completing mundane tasks.

“This is something they're asking us to do,” he said. “We are answering their call.”

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Koran Addo is a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch