July 22, 2019 Blog, Press Release

Bevin Demands Kentuckians Pay for His Mansion

A new report from the Louisville Courier Journal is revealing that Matt Bevin sent his personal attorney Mark Sommer before the Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals on Friday to request that his controversial Anchorage mansion’s property tax value be reduced.

With a chaotic and last-minute special session starting last week, costing taxpayers $66,000 per day, Matt Bevin’s top priority was still getting a hefty tax break on his controversial, multi-million dollar mansion.

Bevin purchased the mansion in 2017 at a steep discount from Neil Ramsey, a political donor who he had appointed to the state pension board, for only $1.6 million. In 2018, reports valued the mansion at $2.9 million. Now, Bevin is trying to argue for the purpose of paying less taxes that his mansion is only worth $1.39 million, while barring inspectors from seeing the second and third floors.

Despite objections from Bevin’s personal attorney, “Jefferson County property tax officials will get a second tour of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Anchorage mansion amid a long-running dispute between the governor and the county over whether it’s assessed too low for tax purposes,” according to the Courier Journal.

“You can’t make this up. Within hours of the beginning of the special session—and while Matt Bevin was nowhere to be found—he was fighting to get his property tax rate reduced on his multi-million dollar mansion. It’s clear he cares more about lining his own pockets than helping Kentuckians,” said Marisa McNee, spokesperson for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “Matt Bevin called a chaotic last-minute special session in such a haphazard and sloppy manner that he risks subjecting potential legislation to legal challenges. While this governor complains that he’s paying too much for his mansion, agencies like mental health and rape crisis centers are worried about keeping the doors open. They deserve a governor who will put them first.”