Tax rates increase

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Despite a taxpayer group’s protest, the City Council on Monday approved a fiscal 2014 tax increase that would add an average of about $200 a year for homes and $450 for businesses. The residential property tax rate was set at $18.13 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $16.88 this year; the commercial rate jumped from $31.91 to $33.96. Members of Brocktonians for Limited Taxation tried to persuade city officials to reject any increase. “Unfortunately, our City Council continues to unfairly overtax the residents and businesses in Brockton to the point where they are driving out the middle class and businesses that can no longer afford to locate here,’’ cofounder Dick Zaccaro said in an e-mail. This year, he said, Brockton had the 20th-highest commercial rate in the state and the 78th-highest residential tax rate.

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