Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tax Hike Repeal Rally Expected Before Inauguration

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Opponents of a tax increase for homeowners and other city issues will hold a rally at City Hall Monday, Jan. 2 at 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes before Mayor Linda Balzotti will be inaugurated for her second term in office.
Ron Matta, who ran against Balzotti and lost in the November election, said a group has been organizing over the holiday weekend to protest numerous issues in the city.
The rally is expected to take place at 9:30 a.m.
Leading the rally will be Kate Archard, who ran unsuccesfully for a city councilor-at-large seat. On her Facebook page, Archard notes the residential tax increase jumped her bill by $200.
Last month the City Council, by one vote, increased the residential tax rate from $15.46 to $16.14 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Archard's post also states the acreage description on her bill is inaccurate, and demands a repeal of the tax hike.
Balzotti's inauguration and expected speech is scheduled for 10 a.m. and will be followed by the swearing in of new and reelected members to various committees and boards.

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