Mar 05, 2014
Turns out Lobbyist David Jolly’s Pinellas “Home” Is A Vacation Condo
Special interest Lobbyist David Jolly has spent his campaign lying to Pinellas residents and embracing “rigid ideological positions” that are out of touch with Pinellas values. So for 10 days, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting 10 reasons why Pinellas residents can’t trust special interest Lobbyist David Jolly to represent them.
Today’s reason: A report breaking today from the Tampa Bay Times reveals that Lobbyist “David Jolly’s Pinellas condo is mostly for part-time residents” – after another report showed Jolly took a homestead tax exemption on both his D.C. and Pinellas properties.
“So much for Lobbyist David Jolly’s alleged Pinellas roots: not only did Jolly try to avoid paying taxes by listing his D.C. home as his primary residence, now it turns out his Pinellas house was actually a vacation condo,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Unfortunately, today’s revelation is just the latest in a long, long list proving exactly why Pinellas residents simply do not trust Lobbyist David Jolly.”
Tampa Bay Times: Mortgage Shows That Jolly Was Part-Time Resident of Pinellas County. “Republican congressional candidate David Jolly could be excused for not knowing many of the neighbors in his Indian Shores condo complex. Jolly is one of just three owners in the 162-unit Barefoot Beach Resort who claim homestead exemptions. All of the others are part-time residents, many of whom lease out their units to vacationers. Unlike opponent Alex Sink, who is renting a Feather Sound condo, Jolly cites his 2005 purchase of the 950-square-foot unit as evidence he’s a full-time Pinellas resident. But the rider to a mortgage he and then-wife Carrie took out that year shows that initially at least they were part-timers, too.” [Tampa Bay Times, 3/05/14]
Jolly Took Homestead Tax Break On Properties in Both D.C. and Pinellas County. “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.” [Tampa Bay Times, 2/25/14]