Mayor’s Column: Shop Voorhees

Since the program’s inception, there have been over $2,100,000 in sales with over $128,000 in tax savings returned to the users of the Shop Voorhees Card.  

The holiday shopping season is nearly upon us. The Shop Voorhees Property Tax Reward Program! is a great way to shop locally and 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. Such participating businesses are identified by the Shop Voorhees logo in their window or by checking online at propertytaxcard.com or the Voorhees Township website, 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.

Over 20 Voorhees businesses participate and over 5000 residents have chosen to utilize the program and the numbers continue to grow.  Since the program’s inception, there have been over $2,100,000 in sales with over $128,000 in tax savings returned to the users of the Shop Voorhees Card.

If you need a card, contact the Municipal Clerk at 856-429-7757 or email her at  clerk@voorheesnj.com. To activate your card, register it at propertytaxcard.com or voorheesnj.com. You will need your Shop Voorhees card as well as your property Block and Lot number available. This is how your shopping benefits will be recognized to be credited.  If you reside in an apartment, your address will be the recognizing factor for receiving a check at the end of the tax year.  Everyone can participate as long as you sign up with your card and you live in Voorhees.

 

The Shop Voorhees Property Tax Reward Program also features a free mobile app.  If you have an iPhone or Android, download and enjoy.  The app includes 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 some merchants may upgrade to include inventory and reservation capability.

 

The app also features a Community Page to allow residents to publicize local events.  To upload an event, please email the Shop Voorhees program administrator at admin@propertytaxcard.com.  To ensure quality service, event postings are subject to a screening process.

 

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

 

For more information about the Shop Voorhees program, visit the Township’s website at voorheesnj.com or Facebook page, or you can simply contact Mario DiNatale, Voorhees Township Economic and Community Development Director at 856-882-5263.

 

** Voorhees Township’s Annual Halloween Festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Voorhees Town Center. Take an old-fashioned hayride or pick a pumpkin from the Voorhees Business Association’s Pumpkin Patch. Candy and refreshments will be plentiful. Activities will include a Halloween Costume Parade, pumpkin painting and decorating, balloon artists, a Halloween themed magic show and face painting. The Voorhees Township Police Department will be providing Halloween safety tips. For more information, visit voorheesnj.com or call 856-882-SHOW.

 

**The hours for “trick or treating” on Halloween in Voorhees are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Also, an 8 p.m. curfew will be in effect the evenings of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 for those under the age of 18. The Township is once again making door hangers available to advise children whether a home is participating in “trick or treating.” The door hangers are available at the Halloween Festival, Town Hall, the Voorhees Police Headquarters, the Kirkwood and Kresson Fire Stations, the Post Office on Centennial Blvd, the Animal Orphanage and The Animal Welfare Association.  Printable flyers are available on the Township Website at voorheesnj.com for residents to place on doors advising whether they are participating.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation will hold its 19th Annual Virtual Birthday Bash on Friday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. Held in the comfort of your own home, this event features a brief, dynamic program and includes a Signature Silent Auction Boutique, digital Ad Book, tribute messages and videos. The Foundation furnishes Teen Lounges in hospitals to enhance the quality of life for teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. For donations over $150, a unique “Bash in a Box” will be delivered just in time for you to enjoy! For more information, call (856) 784-0615 or visit info@arvf.org.