Brookfield residents will pay a little more in taxes next year. The Board of Finance approved a combined $71.5 million budget last week. The mill rate is a 1.76 percent increase over the current year, which members say will mean an extra $126 per year in taxes for the average homeowner. The budget includes $45.4 million for the schools and little more than $19 million on the municipal side. There's nearly $5 million for debt service included, and about $2 million for capital items. The Board of Finance was authorized this year to be the voting body, rather than hold an annual town meeting and referendum, because of the coronavirus pandemic.