To the Editor:
I would like to take issue with a statement contained in Gerald Rogovin's recent article, Seasonal resort bylaw leads to property improvements and investment in Dennis. In referring to the closing of Cape Cod Ocean View RV Park it was stated that "no taxes are paid on RV sites in Dennis".
We have been residents of the park for the past 27 years and each year that the Grindell family owned the park, seasonal residents paid $144 annually ($12 per month) for "personal property tax" to the Town of Dennis. (For the past three years, under new ownership, it has not been billed separately but I'm assuming is still included somewhere in the fee.) A small number of owners, perhaps 15-20%, who take their trailers home for the winter pay $60. ($12 per month for 5 months).
Since there are approximately 140 seasonal sites in the park, this means that the residents of this park contribute close to $17,000 in taxes annually to the town.
Granted, this is less than the town will realize from property taxes on the 60 cottages to be built on the property, but we wouldn't want to leave the residents of the Town of Dennis with the impression that our park has contributed nothing over the past 80 years.
Cape Cod (Grindell's) Ocean View RV Park