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  LePage officials admit errors in tax exemptions
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ContributorThe Sunset Provision 
Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Sep 11, 2010 10:43am
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News DateSaturday, September 11, 2010 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage’s family finances are coming under scrutiny after campaign officials acknowledged that his wife wrongly received tax exemptions on homes in both Maine and Florida last year.

Ann LePage is listed as the sole owner of the home in Waterville where the couple lives as well as one in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Maine and Florida each offer a type of property tax relief — known as the “homestead exemption” — to homeowners who list the state as their primary residence. But in 2009, Ann LePage reportedly received exemptions in both Maine and Florida — an apparent violation of both states’ rules for qualifying for the tax program. To qualify, the applicant has to provide documentation that their home in that state is their primary residence.

The LePage campaign has acknowledged the issue, which was first reported Friday in the Maine Today Media newspapers. But they describe the duplicative exemptions as an inadvertent error that will soon be corrected.
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