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Monday, January 30, 2017

Back taxes hit half a million dollars in Brockton

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Councillor Peabody wants them to go slow on the 2017 budget.

Tax arrears are on the rise in Brockton and this has caught the attention of Council.

By the end of 2016 the overall outstanding arrears amounted to almost 729 thousand dollars.

The total uncollected taxes for 2016 alone equals 510 thousand dollars representing  7 percent of the 2016 Municipal Tax Levy.

Councillor Chris Peabody calls this a disturbing trend and an area of concern.

He says the arrears serve as a warning on how vigilant Council must be on budget expenditures.

Peabody says the unpaid taxes also beg some hard questions as to why so many can not pay their taxes.

He says this just reinforces the fact that Council needs to be very careful with expenditures and track every dollar so that those with less means are not pressured by Brockton's budget.

In November there were 33 properties eligible for tax sale as of January; totalling 208 thousand dollars in outstanding tax arrears. 

This represents 29% of the total outstanding arrears.

Letters were sent to the property owners in November.

As a result 16 properties have cleared the third year arrears, 13 properties have entered into a satisfactory payment plan and municipal staff will initiate the tax sale process on 4 properties.

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