The truth about the Cape Cod Commission
The Cape Cod Commission claims that it lives within its means. This is nothing less than an outright fabrication because first it is based upon the false premise that the Commission earns the funding that it brings in, and second that it produces something of concrete value. It does not do either of these things.
The funds upon which it functions are taxpayer generated dollars and public subsidies in the form of government grants and/or earmarks from fees and taxes generated by real estate transactions or paid directly from the respective Cape Cod towns.
The Commission is an expensive and unnecessary layer of county government bureaucracy which hampers economic development, has created zero private sector jobs, zero affordable housing units, and zero new business start-ups. They are appointed by county and municipal officials, not directly elected by the voters, and as a result are not accountable to anyone but themselves despite having enormous power over Cape Cod residents.
Their various activities inefficiently duplicate the functions of existing federal and state agencies, as well as local town departments, boards and committees like the planning board, building department, zoning board of appeals, licensing authority, water quality commission, and historic commission among others.