CD13 candidate David Jolly had Washington, D.C. homestead exemption in 2007, but repaid it

Published Feb. 26, 2014

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.