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Brookline votes yes to leave Norfolk County

Secession backers point to high taxes

About a hundred years after Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roxbury, and West Roxbury pulled out of Norfolk County, Brookline is also rallying for secession.

In a move that some fear could cause a political backlash, Brookline Town Meeting voted 115 to 81 Tuesday to authorize selectmen to file a petition with the state asking that Brookline be allowed to secede from Norfolk County on July 1, 2013, but remain within the Norfolk registry district, as well as the court and ­penal systems.

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