The kiosk allowing residents to renew their car tag at the North Hall Community and Technology Center is moving to a new location.
Tax Commissioner Darla Eden recently told Hall County commissioners the company who owns the kiosk — Carlsbad, Calif.-based Intellectual Technology Inc. — requested the change of venue in hopes of getting transactions at a location with more traffic.
Eden said she expects the kiosk to move into the Kroger Marketplace at 1931 Jesse Jewell Parkway by mid-March.
“I’m in support of moving the kiosk…,” Eden told commissioners last week. “That is the location they prefer.” The kiosk had been at the North Hall center on Nopone Road since August 2015.
ITI entered into an agreement with Kroger stores last spring to install Georgia Motor Vehicle Division self-service kiosks at select Georgia stores, the company announced. The kiosks are available nights and weekends in addition to regular business hours and allow Georgia residents with registered vehicles another payment option.
Eden said Kroger’s Spout Springs location in growing South Hall also was looked at, but there was not enough room there for the kiosk.
“They have the traffic count and the hours, but not the room,” Eden said.
Eden said ITI wants the kiosk at Kroger to capture the added foot traffic in the hopes of making a profit or breaking even. She said ITI was not getting those results at the community center.
The kiosk will be placed in the front of the Kroger store, hopefully near a Redbox movie rental kiosk, according to Eden.
“We’re lucky to keep this kiosk and not have to (return it) to ITI,” Eden said.
The kiosk is of no cost to Hall County because it is paid for by user fees, Eden added.
Commissioners tabled taking action on the request until their meeting Feb. 23.