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Rock Cats Pay Taxes

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Critics of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra's Rock Cats stadium plans marched to city hall for a public hearing on the purchase of land for the project.  Some marchers doubt the mayor's assertion that he is creating a plan that will put less of the $60-million price tag on the backs of taxpayers. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Critics of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s Rock Cats stadium plans marched to city hall for a public hearing on the purchase of land for the project. Some marchers doubt the mayor’s assertion that he is creating a plan that will put less of the $60-million price tag on the backs of taxpayers. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ The New Britain Rock Cats have avoided potential eviction from their baseball stadium by paying more than $164,500 in property taxes.

Team owner Josh Solomon gave a check for the taxes to New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart on Wednesday. The stadium straddles the New Britain-Berlin line, and Solomon’s check reimbursed New Britain for taxes it paid to Berlin on the Rock Cats’ behalf.

New Britain was paying $30,000 a year in lieu of taxes for the Rock Cats’ stadium to Berlin. But after the team announced in June that it will move to Hartford for the 2016 season, Stewart said the city would no longer help the team with taxes owed to Berlin.

The team had until Sept. 1 to pay the taxes or face the possibility of eviction.

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