Editor's Notebook: May 23 Borough Council Meeting
The Borough Council discussed an idea to help boost local business, passed several resolutions and took care of routine business in a relatively brief meeting on May 23.
Council President Nancy Peet introduced a Shop Local Property Tax Rebate program that has been implemented in a handful of communities in the state. The program, which the council agreed to explore further, is like a reward program, where residents present a swipe card to participating merchants and a portion of the sale is credited to their fourth quarter tax bill.
Peet said the program was brought to her attention by resident Joan Doumas, who suggested it would be a win-win for the community — it would enhance the use of local businesses while also offering tax savings for residents. Peet spoke with borough administrators in Hillsborough, where the program was just implemented, and Marlboro, where it has been in place for a while, and a representative from the Property Tax Card Company, a division of Fine Credit Corporation.
There is no cost to the borough, to residents or to business to implement the program and there is no obligation to participate in the program. Business who choose to participate set a percentage of the sale to rebate, which gets credited to patrons' accounts.
The program takes three to four months to implement once businesses start to collaborate. Peet has reached out to the Chamber of Commerce and is waiting to hear back from them about getting the message out to local businesses. All council members present supported the idea and agreed to explore it further. The next step would be to hold an informational meeting with the Chamber or other local businesses to see if there is enough interest to implement the program.
Drainage Project Complete
The Parker Avenue Drainage Project was put to the test with Thursday's rain, and proved successful, Councilman Bernie Holst reported. The project installed a new storm sewer line and drains down the length of Parker Avenue that connect to the existing line at Cross Street, which funnels the water beneath Paterson Avenue to Goffle Brook.
The council passed several resolutions, including one to extend the 2% Cap on police/fire arbitration contract awards. It also renewed four liquor licenses, including the currently inactive one from Legend's Steakhouse. According to Borough Attorney Robert Regan, the license can remain inactive for two years. Before the license holder can open it up in another location, it has to come before the governing body for site approval.
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