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Sen. Dennis Jones represents Pinellas, but, for tax purposes, home is in Marion



Dennis Jones has spent more than 30 years as a Pinellas County lawmaker, the last nine as a state senator representing the county's beach communities.

But for tax purposes, Jones' home is now more than 100 miles to the northeast in the rural hamlet of Dunnellon.

And it appears to be okay.

Jones, who will leave the Senate this year because of term limits, switched his homestead exemption to a residence in southwest Marion County in 2008. The switch happened shortly after voters approved a constitutional amendment that allowed homeowners to transfer accumulated tax benefits from one property to another.

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[Last modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 7:00pm]


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