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Township Readying 'Buy in Brick' Program for Property Tax Credit

Residents would earn a tax break for shopping in town, mayor says

Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Shop in Brick and get a tax break.

That is the aim of a new program being put into place by Brick Mayor John Ducey.

The "Buy in Brick" program will allow residents who shop and dine in Brick to deduct a portion of the money they spend from their municipal property tax bill.

Already enacted in some other towns across New Jersey, the program works by providing interested residents with a membership card, similar to supermarket discount cards, and soliciting merchants to participate in the program. Under the program, for example, a restaurant would give a small percentage of a members' bill to the township to be credited to the customer's tax account while keeping the rest as profit.

Ducey said he is hopeful the program will spur more township residents to shop and dine at Brick businesses by providing an extra incentive for residents to do so.

"It’s a way to lower your property tax bill by buying locally, shopping locally and eating locally," Ducey said. "Hopefully some of our empty buildings can get filled."

The township council on Tuesday night awarded a $10,000 contract to FinCredit, a Marlboro company, to produce the membership cards and administer the program.
Sun Tzu June 12, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Good idea... It's a start.
TheGuy June 12, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Seems like a good idea. We like to support local businesses anyway, this is just an extra incentive. You people complain about everything. The last mayor extorted is into allowing them to jack up taxes higher than the cap that Christie made. This seems like a positive step
J.JONES June 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM
If a local business has a good product , good selection ,good prices ,and good service they get the business and make money ...How about letting new business take over empty stores and stop building new one's ?? More and more big chain stores in Brick now the little guy doesn't have a chance to be competitive !!
Daniel Nee June 12, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Ken - Next time you see something like that going on, how about sending me an e-mail and letting me know so I can call the police department and ask what's going on? Media relies on tips and observations from the public. Now that I read your message, I can give them a call first thing in the morning.
oobydooby15 June 22, 2014 at 10:51 PM
If they are going to build a new school, anything at this point will be a help.

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