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Gov. Bevin appeals Jefferson County assessment of Anchorage home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is fighting back against claims that he significantly underpaid for a home he purchased from a donor.

Mark Sommer, an attorney for Bevin, argued in front of a Jefferson County assessment appeals board Wednesday that the county's nearly $3 million assessed value of the 19-acre Anchorage property is too high.

An appraiser hired by Bevin says the home and surrounding property are worth about $2.15 million. Bevin bought the home from a donor for about $1.6 million.

The homes the county used to compare the property with and create the value were called into question at the hearing.

“I find it actually stunning that anyone would take two $400,000, $420,000 ranches, I don’t care where they’re located, and argue that that is comparable to the property that we just had a hearing on for three-and-a-half hours,” Sommer said.

Bevin's team said foundation issues and other repairs make the home's value substantially lower.

“I would say most of the historical issues would be ... water-based," Sommer said. "Flooding basements, all of that moisture in the substructure, but also to the floor joists."

The board is planning to tour the property on Aug. 1 before issuing a final ruling.

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