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Of course, this special tax zone is not without its critics. Only 60% of the tax zone's households voted in favor of the tax earlier this month and many of these residents believe that all of the town's residents and businesses should contribute to programs that have widespread public benefits and provide funds to public beaches. Some locals who live outside the zone, though they do not have to pay this tax, agree. Still others question the logic of the Town of Southampton's continual permitting of colossal homes to be built or remodeled in grand fashion on shaky, sandy ground so close to eroding beaches. The homegrown proposal of beachfront owners to shoulder the costs of the public benefit of coastal fortification is likely a blip in contrast to the long list of property owners who would view such policies as unfair and skeptical policymakers who worry about the precedent of allowing a local government to neglect necessary resiliency measures in the face of climate change. Despite this likely reality, it presents a different take on the funding and regulation hurdles that often plague controversial housing policies in communities, both rich and poor, with perennially tight belts.