P.O. Box 324
Truro MA, 02666

TPRTA, Citizens Promote Transparency in Truro

In August, the Truro Board of Assessors and the Truro Board of Selectmen took steps to recommend and vote for a Residential Tax Exemption (RTE) adopted on August 22.  The RTE was overwhelmingly opposed by  part-time resident taxpayers, who presently make up 76% of residential property owners and contribute over 80% of the fees and taxes that cover public services in Truro.  Two Open Meeting Law (OML) violation complaints were filed –  one against the BoA and one against the BoS –  for specific actions. The Town responded and subsequent filings challenging the Town’s responses were filed in November 2017.  The responses of TPRTA  and of an individual citizen can be found here.  Both question whether the process leading to the vote was open and transparent and whether the respective meetings were properly noticed and conducted and seeks to have the Attorney General AG nullify the Selectmen’s vote on 8/22.  The matter is with the AG’s office.    Regardless  of outcome, the RTE must be approved annually.