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Board inspects Gov. Matt Bevin's house in property value dispute

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Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera) Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera)
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, May 26, 2017 Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, May 26, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals inspected Gov. Matt Bevin’s home in Anchorage on Tuesday as a part of dispute over the property’s value for tax purposes.

State police denied reporters access to the property despite the fact that the Kentucky Attorney General Office’s has ruled property appeal boards are required to hold their meetings in public.

A state police officer presented a statement signed by the board’s chairman saying the inspection of Bevin’s home does not constitute a meeting of the board because board members would not discuss the case while touring the property.

Bevin took issue with local media’s attempts to cover the meeting – and particularly with WDRB News’ flying of a drone camera around the property.

Using a limited liability company, Bevin bought the home in March for $1.6 million from a company owned by Neil Ramsey, a Bevin political contributor.

Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer’s office has the parcel valued at $2.97 million for tax purposes, though Bevin did not buy all of the land included in Lindauer’s valuation.

At issue is the value as of Jan. 1, 2017 – before Bevin and Ramsey carved up the property and executed the sale.

The local assessment appeals board will either sustain Lindauer’s value or lower it at Bevin’s urging. Bevin can appeal the local board’s ruling to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals, a body that hears valuation disputes from across the state.

Last month the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission dismissed a pair of complaints that alleged Bevin improperly received the property at below-market value in the sale with Ramsey.

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