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Florida candidate for governor paying extra taxes on home

Andrew Gillum  (correct size)
Posted at 11:01 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 23:01:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Andrew Gillum reminds voters constantly that he isn't rich, but it turns out the Democratic candidate for Florida governor has been paying extra taxes the last few years.

Gillum has failed to claim a homestead exemption on a nearly 3,200 square foot home he owns with his wife in a suburban neighborhood. When asked about it this week, Gillum was unaware he had not claimed an exemption for the house he bought in late 2014.

Homeowners in Florida pay local property taxes that are based on the value of their home. Florida allows homeowners to shield up to $50,000 of the value of their primary residence from taxes.

Gillum is the mayor of Tallahassee, and he votes annually on how much in property taxes to charge city residents.

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