Brick Township officials are expanding the Buy in Brick property tax rebate program after calculating about $55,000 in rebates provided to residents in 2015, the first year of the program.
Buy in Brick acts as a rewards program where a portion of residents’ payments to local businesses are credited toward their property tax bill. Merchants provide a
portion of their sales to the township for each customer who shows a Buy in Brick card, in an effort to draw more local clientele.
“In a little less than a year and a half, Buy in Brick has earned residents $55,000 in property tax savings for shopping and dining locally,” said Mayor John Ducey in a statement. “At the same time, participating businesses have generated more than $735,000 in sales through the program.”
Township-based service providers and contractors are now being encouraged to join Buy in Brick, an expansion to the program, officials said. Business owners such as painters, landscapers and plumbers would benefit from the “built-in marketing and promotional components of Buy in Brick,” the statement said.
Participating businesses are regularly acknowledged during public meetings, at community events, and on the township newsletter, recreation brochure and Facebook page, according to officials.
The municipality is encouraging residents to utilize the businesses in the program for their “spring cleaning” and other seasonal projects. Among the more than 40 businesses currently participating in the program, several provide home goods, such as flooring, windows, doors and siding. Buy in Brick also contains service providers such as builders, electricians, HVAC specialists, carpet cleaners and exterminators.
All Brick-based businesses are welcome to join the program. Interested businesses should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-262-1050. An updated list of participating businesses is available at the township website, www.bricktownship.net.