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Brookfield to offer property tax deferral to residents, businesses

The Brookfield Board of Selectmen is considering the best way to help residents struggling to pay their bills.  One of the Governor's executive orders allows municipalities to offer one of two tax payment programs, or both.  One option is a 90 day deferment.  The other is  lowering the interest on delinquent taxes from 1.5 percent a month to a quarter of a percent for three months.  Brookfield officials this week are going with the option to defer payment, which they say will better help those in town who need the assistance.  Brookfield residents will have to show their income is at least 20 percent less due to the coronavirus, while businesses and nonprofits must show their revenue is 30 percent less from March to June, compared to those months in 2019.  The deferment applies to property, personal property and motor vehicle taxes, as well as sewer and water rates.

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