Saturday, April 21, 2012

Records show Stearns didn't 'double-dip' on homestead exemption

By Bill Thompson
Staff writer

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:45 p.m.

One of U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns' opponents in the Republican primary for a new congressional seat has raised questions about whether Stearns was double-dipping on the state's homestead property-tax exemption.

Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court James Jett has been telling GOP voters that the Ocala Republican had received the tax break on two homes at the same time, which is illegal. But public records indicate that Jett is wrong; Stearns did not, in fact, receive simultaneous homestead exemptions for his Ocala home and a second residence in St. Johns County.

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There has been quite a bit of mudslinging against Cliff Stearns, who I personally endorse for US Congress. I believe it's time I look into his opponent James Jett.

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