WORCESTER — Think about ordering a meal at your favorite eatery on Shrewsbury Street or the Canal District and having part of your purchase used to pay off your property tax bill.
It could very well happen.
The City Council last night asked the city administration to consider establishing a tax incentive program, which would provide property owners with a real estate credit when they purchase goods or services from a participating business in the city.
The proposal is modeled on one successfully implemented last year in the town of Marlboro, located in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
Councilor at-Large Frederick C. Rushton, who would like the plan implemented in Worcester, said Marlboro officials spent about two years studying the program before starting it.
To lure customers into their shops, participating business owners would offer special credit on certain items or services.