Palo Altans paying their utility bills or parking tickets at City Hall can now pull out some Bling instead of cash, checks or credit cards.
Launched by Palo Alto startup Bling Nation, Bling is a new payment method by which people attach a BlingTag microchip sticker to their cell phones, and money is withdrawn directly from their PayPal accounts.
City revenue-collection workers are each equipped with a "Blinger" terminal, which allows customers to tap their phones to pay, said Matt Murphy, Bling Nation general manager for the Pacific region.
Bling Nation introduced Palo Alto businesses and consumers to Bling in July.
In addition to Bling, residents are still able to pay the city with a traditional forms of payment or online.
People can also pay for parking permits using Bling, according to the city. In the future, residents may use Bling at the Palo Alto Golf Course, Palo Alto's public libraries and local museums, according to Bling Nation.