Mayor John Ducey said this week that the “Buy in Brick” program – where a portion of the money one spends at local businesses is credited back to their property tax bill – is likely to get off the ground Oct. 1.
The program works by handing out cards to residents who sign up, then bringing business on board who agree to donate a percentage of the money spent by cardholders back to the township to be credited off the customer’s property tax bill. The township council authorized the creation of the program in February and awarded a $10,000 contract to FinCredit, of Marlboro, to administer the program for its first year.
“This program is a win-win for the entire community,” said Ducey. “It gives residents the opportunity to lower the amount of money they pay in property taxes by shopping in town. For business owners, it gives them the opportunity to promote their business and gain a lot of new customers and make sure their current customers keep doing business with them.”
There is no fee for a resident to obtain one of the cards, which will be available at the township municipal complex within the next few days. Residents can also pick up a card and at certain township events such as Bricktoberfest, which is scheduled for Oct. 18.
As of last week, the following businesses will be participating in the program:
- River Rock Marina and Restaurant
- River Rock Liquor
- Dura-plex Windows and Home
- IHOP of Brick
- All Pro Carpet Care
- Shore Points Driving School
- Black Sheep Thrift Shop
- The UPS Store
- Dr. Kenneth F. Diana DDS
- Jersey Shore Eye Care
- Jovos Deli and Produce
- Future Dry Cleaners
- Soccer Post
- Salon Milan
- Off the Wall Picture Framing and Art Gallery
- Jersey Shore Marina
- Barlo and Associates
- Décor to Score
- Joe’s Service Center and Towing
Any business owner interested in joining Buy In Brick can contact FinCredit at 732-946-0919 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the program, businesses can call 732-262-4781.