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Posted on October 12, 2017
Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier has listed a home she purchased from a developer who had business before the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for approximately $80,000 more than she paid for the home on January 21, 2015.
Information obtained by TR shows that the home located at 510 Terrace Street is currently listed for $269,000.
Real Estate professionals told TR that based on the listing price Dozier could net approximately $50,000 with the sale after owning the home for less than two years.
The purchase of the home came under scrutiny after TR received a tip and discovered the home was owned by local business man JT Burnette and Catherine Baker.
On October 23rd, 2014, three months before the Dozier purchase, the CRA voted 7-1 to provide IB Tallahassee, LLC, as the owner of the Doubletree Hotel at Adams Street, up to $682,000 in CRA grant funds.
Mr. Burnette was listed as the Manager of IB Tallahassee, LLC, according to the state of Florida Division of Corporations in 2014 and 2015. Both Ms. Baker and Mr. Burnette were mentioned in the recent FBI subpoenas delivered to city hall related to the investigation of the CRA.
Among those elected officials that voted for the grant was Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier.
Back in July Dozier defended paying $188,600 for the home which was previously appraised for $280,000.
Dozier told TR that “I am exceptionally careful about conflicts of interest” and “I am confident the purchase of this home was conducted per our ethics rules.”
Subsequently TR discovered that Commissioner Dozier listed the value of the home on her 2015 financial discolsure form as $280,000.