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Being treated equally may seem like a punishment when you've become accustomed to special privilege.

Suppose property owners have been benefiting from the tax shelters for 10 years. That was the payoff. Don't dally around asking what their next hand out should be. They've been riding the gravy train for years. Now the perks need to end. Welcome to a level playing field.

Sure, but then they will vote against you, and you won't get your way, because they are more civically-active than you, or out-number you, or whatever.

Do you want to be right, or do you want to get your way?

There's also an issue of fairness, in that people made choices based on the deals they were offered under the rules which were active at the time.

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