David Jolly took tax break by claiming both Pinellas and DC as primary residences
Update: Buzz just received this email from Jolly consultant Marc Reichelderfer: "David Jolly did in fact pay back the homestead credit when the error was found back in 2007. Because he purchased the property after March 31st of 2007, he would have only qualified for half of the credit for that year, equaling $264 (not the $528). On 9/15/2007 the 2007 property taxes were paid minus that amount. At the end of 2007, when David received his 2008 Tax assessment, he noticed it incorrectly included a Homestead Exemption. He then notified the DC Office of Tax and Revenue, they removed the Homestead Exemption, and paid the additional $264 on 12/14/2007."
Republican congressional candidate David Jolly stresses that, unlike longtime Hillsborough County resident Alex Sink, he's a true Pinellas County resident and has been a full-time resident since buying a 950-square-foot Indian Shores condo in late, 2005.
But tax records in Washington D.C. show that in 2007 Jolly applied for and received a homestead exemption on his Washington D.C. home. Declaring that as his principal residence would have saved Jolly $528 in taxes in Washington - while he was simultaneously receiving a homestead exemption in Pinellas County.
Jolly released a statement: "We bought the DC house in 2007, the closing paperwork incorrectly homesteaded us. I wrote a letter to DC property appraiser when I noticed the error and the homestead exemption was rescinded."