Republican State Senate Candidate Promises to Repeal Short Term Rental Tax

BOURNE –  Republican Jay McMahon, a candidate for the Plymouth/Barnstable State Senate seat, says he would seek to repeal the short-term rental tax if elected.

The tax went into effect in July and focused on extending the existing occupancy taxes to rooms that were rented on a short-term basis.

Part of the rental tax also included regulation requiring homeowners wanting to rent their houses to have to register with the Department of Revenue.

“This tax makes it harder for college kids looking for a job on the Cape. It hurts the homeowner trying to supplement their income. And it discourages people from going to the Cape for a holiday,” said McMahon in a statement.

“I will make repealing it a priority so we can help our local economy.”

Other stated targets of interest for McMahon’s candidacy included strengthening public safety, improving transport, growing the local economy, and ending the opioid crisis on Cape.

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native from Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the News Center in 2019.
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