Alex Sink gives up Hillsborough homestead exemption
In a state so chock full of transplants, we never figured the carpet-bagger attack on Alex Sink would work after the longtime Hillsborough County resident decided she would run for a congressional seat in neighboring Pinellas County. Given how much we hear people talk about that issue, we probably underestimated the issue.
Sink didn't help her case when she decided to rent a condo (see above) in Feather Sound - the spot in Pinellas from where it's easiest and quickest to get back to Hillsborough. But give the Sink campaign points for not taking these questions for granted.
Buzz found today that Sink on Dec. 2 renounced the homestead exemption on her lakefront home in eastern Hillsborough. By officially declaring that the 4,000-square-foot home she and the late Bill McBride built in 1996 is no longer her primary residence her tax bill will increase about $1,000. On top of that she will lose her Save Our Homes property tax cap.
Early on Sink got herself a new phone with a (727) area code, rather than the (813) area code for Hillsborough. David Jolly until had been communicating with us with his (202) phone number even as he seems weirdly intent on campaigning as a crusader against Washington insiders.
"We are going to awake tomorrow running against a national machine out of Washington D.C. that is going to outpsend us every step of the way," the Republican nominee who spent most of his professional life working in Washington said in his primary victory speech Tuesday.