Marlboro residents have figured out a way to save you from crazy property taxes.

(Photo credit: Rayes, ThinkStock)
(Photo credit: Rayes, ThinkStock)

The concept is simple, and it's almost too good to be true. Your town issues a special card that local retailers and restaurants swipe whenever you make a purchase. Then a portion of that total goes toward a property tax rebate and your sweet financial relief.

According to a report by Eric Scott, Marlboro's program is directly related to over $2.5 million in sales among participating businesses and more than $155 thousand dollars in property tax savings. So it seems the card helps combat New Jersey's outrageous property taxes while also promoting local commerce.

This sounds like a great plan to me, especially when I think of the many mom and pop shops I've seen close over the years because it's cheaper to buy from a chain. And while it might not stop me from ordering things on Amazon, I would make a point to at least use the card whenever I ate out. After all, who doesn't want to save a few bucks from the taxman?

If your town had a property tax rebate card, would you use it? Are there any drawbacks to this program, or is it bulletproof? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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