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 received a homestead exemption on his Washington, D.C., home. Declaring that as his principal residence would have saved Jolly $528 a year in taxes in Washington — while he was simultaneously receiving a homestead exemption in Pinellas County.
Jolly's staff said the homestead exemption on the D.C. home in 2007 was a mistake that Jolly corrected that same year. He notified the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue about it and on Dec. 14, 2007, repaid $264. He only owed that much because he purchased the home after March 31, 2007, and had only received a half credit.