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Asunto: Re: What does the term "raters" mean
Autor: sbny357
Fecha: martes, 20 de agosto de 2019
Clasificación: Consulta
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In this context, it means he was essentially an assessor, who determined the value of property and the local tax to be paid on it. In Britain (and colonial America), "rates" referred to property taxes.

Steve