former long-time mayor of fremantle peter tagliaferri has labelled a person who anonymously dropped a racially hateful letter into his letterbox as `sad`.the east fremantle-born politician, who was the port town's mayor from 2001 to 2009, discovered the handwritten letter inside his beaconsfield home's letterbox on tuesday. the letter sent to mr tagliaferri. photo: suppliedcopies were also hand-delivered to some of his relative's homes, the city of fremantle and the fremantle italian club.it read, `in response to the above s---, i suggest the reason the 30 year council debt was paid off was because you encouraged the sale of the west end to a non-rate paying catholic university at very low prices.` peter tagliaferri received a racially-charged letter at his home address on tuesday.  photo: facebook`... you and the greed of the italian community has f---ed fremantle...you should all f--- off back to the s--- hole you came from.`the note was in response to a letter to the editor mr tagliaferri had sent a local newspaper defending his council's efforts to return investment to fremantle.advertisementmr tagliaferri wrote the city at the time had a zero retail vacancy rate and paid off a 30-year council debt despite facing the fall-out of the global financial crisis.the former politician, who has been living a private life for the past eight years, told radio 6pr...