Provincetown voters are in for a long two nights during the annual Town Meeting/Special Town Meeting set to start Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. The annual Town Meeting warrant contains 37 articles and the Special Town Meeting warrant contains 14. The town meeting will be held at the Provincetown Town Hall on Commercial Street.
There are several votes of note on the town meeting warrant in addition to the expected articles about budgets, salaries and expenditures.Once again, the town is asking residents to accept the plan to apply local room tax to seasonal rentals. If approved, Article 10 would give Provincetown selectmen the green light to petition the General Court for special legislation to apply said room tax to private rental homes. If approved, the tax could not exceed 6% and would be collected by the operator of the lodging and paid to the state.
Article 11 would impose a .5% real estate transfer fee on all real estate transactions in Provincetown. The fee would be the responsibility of the purchaser. Several transactions would be exempt including transfers to the government, a charity or a family member.
Article 18 is a 13 part article concerning FY2016 capital improvements. The list for capital improvements includes $30,600 for a new police cruiser, $200,000 for a new ambulance, $35,000 for the purchase of four electric vehicle charging stations and an electric vehicle (funds to be used in conjunction with state grants), $335,000 for pier repairs and $30,000 for a new carpet (one floor) in the public library.
Article 23 is a special act to petition the General Court to create a year-round rental housing trust and Articles 24 and 25 seek year-round rental funding. Article 27 will up the fines for false alarm violations, Article 28 changes the buiding height definition in the zoning bylaws, a yes for Article 33 would send the town's support of the legalization of marijuana to the governor and Article 34 would prohibit cyclists from parking their bicycles against street signs.
Article 7 of the 13 article special town meeting warrant would require the Director of the Department of Public Works, the Provincetown Fire Chief and the Provincetown Police Chief to become residents of Provincetown or Truro within six months of assuming office. Article 12 would designate a recycling and renewable energy committee and Article 13 requests capital funds for another police vehicle to the tune of $43,300.