# Is the formal charge of Br in Bromate (BrO_3^-) +2?

The common Lewis representation gives a neutral $B r$ centre.
There are 26 valence electrons to distribute: $3 \times 6 + 7 + 1$:
""^(-)O-Br(=O)_2 with a lone pair on the central bromine atom, gives neutral doubly bound oxygens, a neutral bromine, and the singly bound oxygen atom bears a formal negative charge.