, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

August 10, 2013


To the editor:

A few weeks back, I submitted a letter regarding the Long Beach lease renewal issue.

In it were a mixture of opinion and what I thought were correct facts. No excuses, I was wrong about the Long Beach homeowners not paying land taxes as well as lease payments and house taxes. I stand corrected.

Taxes aside, the issue which remains is about $300,000 to $400,000 per year in lease payments to the town vs. $50 million or more in fair market land value, which the town has the right to sell.

Which is better for the town’s future financial health?

It’s a tough one, I know. If I am wrong in my estimation of the land value then what are 156 oceanfront lots worth?

30 years is the most recent lease term proposal. That’s a long time to tie up this value, whatever it is. Times have changed since this practice started in 1904. We’d all like to hear better arguments for continuing the leasing than the mundane “because it benefits us” or “it’s always been that way”.

Just once in 109 years, doesn’t the voting public have the right to choose in a non-binding referendum to give elected and appointed officials guidance?

In government of, by and for the people they deserved to be asked.



Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth