Letter from Ron Beaty, County Commissioner-Elect

"Taxation without representation is tyranny"

Attention: All Concerned Parties 

For your reference and review, below please find the respective Fiscal Year 2016 amounts paid in Deeds Excise Taxes from each of Cape Cod's 15 towns. It should be noted that these tax amounts are in addition to other County related taxes such as the annual assessment as well as the Cape Cod Enviornmental Protection Fund tax for the Cape Cod Commission. Moreover, it should also be noted that these amounts were prior to the adopted tax increase that went into effect along with the FY 2017 Barnstable County Budget. Additionally, it is noteworthy that some Cape municipalities appear to pay a significantly larger amount in taxes compared to their population size and/or weighted voting allowance on the Assembly of Delegates. 

Lastly, please take a moment to reflect upon the immortal words of an illustrious Colonial American patriot from right here on Cape Cod: James Otis, Jr.

"Taxation without representation is tyranny."

Perhaps now you might have a better understanding with regard to my potent desire to discuss a possible eventual rollback of the County Deeds Excise Tax to its previous lower level. An open and honest dialogue is all that I am asking. I believe it is a worthwhile discussion since it involves a matter of fundamental fairness to our Cape Cod towns and residents. 

Thank you.

Respectfully submitted, 

Ronald Beaty

Barnstable County Commissioner-Elect

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