The Middle Township Committee will discuss at its work session on Monday, November 18 a program that would provide a property tax discount to residents who patronize local businesses. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting at 4 pm at the Middle Township Municipal Hall, 33 Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House .
"This program has the potential for providing township property owners with savings on their tax bills simply by shopping and dining at businesses in our community," said Middle Township Deputy Mayor Tim Donohue. "Committee members have questions about the program, which involves a public-private partnership and we will be sure to ask them during the presentation at our meeting."
The program involves the free distribution of a propertytax.com card to Middle Township residents. Local merchants would be asked to voluntarily participate in the program. Every time a township resident patronizes a participating business, a percentage of the purchase set by the merchant is applied as a discount on the resident's property tax bill. A press release from the township noted that the program "has been promoted and accepted in other communities, including Marlboro Township."
According to www.propertytaxcard.com, the program allows multiple cards to be provided to all family members who reside at an individual residence. The program also allows for returns of items purchased at stores for the full amount, minus the credit being applied to a property tax bill. The monthly cost for a business to participate in the program is $10.
"At the very least we owe it to our township residents to discuss this program before the public at our next meeting," said Middle Township Mayor Dan Lockwood. "The program results in no added costs to Middle Township and is a proactive effort to promote businesses in our community."
For more information on the program, visit www.propertytaxcard.com/aboutus.
For an update on the program, see Property Tax Reward Program Still on Hold.