Letter: The "Beacon Hill Gang" is at it again...

From County Commissioner Ron Beaty


The “Beacon Hill Gang” is once again salivating at the thought of getting their greedy hands on your money. Don’t let them do it!

The proposed tyrannical tax on short-term rentals is naively short-sighted. Moreover, it is excessively burdensome upon homeowners from both a financial and regulatory perspective.

It would damage the local tourism industry, regional housing market, and our local economy.

Furthermore, it unjustifiability infringes upon private property rights, and is abhorrent to basic American principles so dearly cherished by our founding fathers: lower taxes, limited government, individual liberty, and adherence to the U. S. Constitution.

As apparently the only elected official on Cape Cod who has publicly declared his staunch opposition to this draconian new 12 percent tax, I strongly urge homeowners, voters and taxpayers to contact the Joint Committee on Financial Services to urge them to resoundingly reject House Bill 3454 which would levy an unfair new tax and impose oppressive regulations upon homeowners who rent out their homes to help make ends meet.

Contact the Joint Committee on Financial Services at: 24 Beacon Street, Room 254, Boston, MA 02133, Phone: 617-722-2220, or the co-chairpersons: State Senator James Eldridge, Email: [email protected] and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, Email: [email protected]



Barnstable County Commissioner


Superior Courthouse 

3195 Main Street, PO Box 427

Barnstable, MA 02630

Direct Office Phone: 508-375-6875  

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