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December 22, 2015

A READER SENDS THIS STORY ABOUT PROVINCETOWN INCREASING TAXES ON SECOND-HOME OWNERS, with this bit highlighted:

But the exemption has inflamed passions and stirred resentment among many other second-home owners and investors, who pay 80 percent of the taxes. They say they already give much to the town and use its services for only a portion of the year. They also think the exemption will benefit some people who do not need it.

“For many of the seasonal residents, Provincetown is their emotional home,” said Steve Fossella, 58, an information technology project manager who lives in Quincy, in suburban Boston, and owns a second home in Provincetown, where he is the president of the town’s Part-Time Resident Taxpayers Association, which has 300 members.

“They serve on committees, volunteer at the soup kitchen, provide scholarships and give generously to the nonprofits,” he said. “We feel we’re part of the community, and to have this tax come along — it says we aren’t part of the community. It feels punitive.”

He writes: “I had a sneaking suspicion about this fellow’s partisan affiliation, and I checked OpenSecrets. Sure enough — this guy is a Bernie Sanders donor. Shocked. Shocked!”

Don’t tax me. Tax those other rich guys!