Mayor’s Column: This holiday season use the Shop Voorhees Property Tax Reward Program

Voorhees Mayor

There is no better time than the holiday season to take advantage of the Shop Voorhees Property Tax Reward Program. This program allows a portion of your normal purchasing dollars spent on goods and services in Voorhees to be applied to your property tax bill, thereby reducing your taxes at the end of the tax year.

Shop at any participating Shop Voorhees location. You will know who they are by the Shop Voorhees logo in their window or by checking online at www.propertytaxcard.com or on the Voorhees Township website, www.voorheesnj.com. When you check out, present your Shop Voorhees card. The retailer will swipe your card and a percentage of your purchase will be applied to reduce your property tax bill. Each business independently establishes a percentage of your purchase that will be applied toward your taxes. It is that easy.

During the past two years over 7,000 residents have chosen to participate in the program and the numbers continue to grow. Since the program’s inception, sales have exceeded $1.2 million leading to tax credits and rental reimbursements of over $75,000 for our residents.

Cards were distributed to residents by mail. If you need a card you can get one by visiting www.propertytaxcard.com or www.voorheesnj.com. Everyone can participate as long as you sign up with your card and you live in Voorhees.

The Shop Voorhees Property Tax Reward Program now has a free mobile app. If you have an iPhone or Android, download the app and find information about all participating merchants and the credit percentage each merchant is offering. Use the app for a quick search and the “click to call” feature. Once you have downloaded the app, check it often because new businesses are joining and some merchants may upgrade to include inventory and reservation capability.

The Shop Voorhees app is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play for the Android.

Our Shop Voorheesprogram also includes “Deals of the Month,” which lets participants know about available coupons and other ways to save money by shopping locally. December’s business participants include Tiffin Indian Cuisine, Rita’s Water Ice, Mr. Softee, Viana’s Restaurant, Rubino Service Co., Yo Mamma’s Frozen Yogurt, Fruit Gift Bouquets, Cookies by Design, Coffee Works Too, Legal Shield, Black Olive Restaurant, Ally House Call Physicians and Farmers Insurance Mike Skowronek Agency.

For more information about the Shop Voorheesprogram, visit the Township’s website at www.voorheesnj.com or our Facebook page, or you can simply contact Larry Spellman, Township Administrator at 856–429–7174 or www.administrator@voorheesnj.com. Shop Voorhees cards can be picked up at Town Hall.

Save money while doing your holiday shopping and helping our community businesses thrive.

Live Voorhees, Shop Voorhees!

** In addition to their service while on duty, our police are active in serving our community while off duty. For more than a decade the Voorhees Township Police Department has sponsored a Holiday Fund Drive to help bring smiles to the faces of deserving local families. Donations can be made in person or by mail to Stephanie Fowler, the Voorhees Police Holiday Fund, 1180 White Horse Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Make checks payable to the Voorhees Police Holiday Fund.

** Children’s VIP Santa “Shop Event” will be held at the Voorhees Town Center on Friday, Dec. 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Stores will have dedicated sections just for kids with items priced $20 and under. Children will receive Santa hats, VIP lanyards, and holiday novelty giveaways as part of their FUN shopping adventure. (While supplies last).

** Santa Claus has arrived at the Voorhees Town Center! He will be available for photographs Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pet photos with Santa are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays. For more information about holiday events, visitwww.voorheestowncenter.com