Effective March 1, those taking advantage of community support programs at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) will need to bring cash, debit or credit cards to pay for services; personal checks will no longer be accepted.
Throughout Navy Region Southwest, community support programs will begin refusing check payments for services in March. At NBVC, this includes many services and amenities like the bowling alleys and the golf course, gyms and auto hobby shops.
“Our child care programs have been enforcing this policy for over a year,” said Deborah Williams, community support programs site manager. “People just swipe their cards. It’s very convenient.”
The decision to stop the use of checks was a financial one, Williams explained. Simply put, the region was spending too much money on services related to bad checks.
Other services affected by the change include Morale, Welfare and Recreation food services, the Information, Tickets and Travel offices and outdoor recreation facility. If you’re unsure whether your favorite service is affected, ask prior to making payment.
“Most people use their cards for everything these days, but we want people to know about the change in advance,” Williams said. “It’s the right thing to do.”