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New Britain won't help get team's taxes reduced

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published June 12. 2014 7:55AM   Updated June 12. 2014 7:56AM

New Britain (AP) — The city of New Britain says it will no longer be helping the New Britain Rock Cats with the team's tax problems in neighboring Berlin.

Mayor Erin Stewart tells the New Britain Herald she won't waste city resources to help the minor league franchise, which announced last week that it plans to relocated to Hartford in 2016.

New Britain attorneys have been negotiating with Berlin officials for months to reduce the team's $300,000 tax bill for the use of New Britain stadium, which straddles both municipalities.

New Britain had been making a $30,000 a year payment in lieu of taxes to Berlin. But the team's lease, which expires after the 2015 season, calls for the franchise to begin paying taxes on July 1.

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