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Posted on December 1, 2017
Public records confirm that Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier sold the home she bought from local developer J.T. Burnette. Dozier purchased the home from Burnette on February 18th, 2015 for $188,600. Dozier sold the home on November 16th, 2017 for $298,000.
The recent sales price is $109,400 or 58% above Dozier’s original purchase price, which was approximately three years ago.
A review of public documents after the Dozier purchase shows permits were acquired for a roof ($9,700) and a deck ($3,000). .
Real estate sales data for Leon County shows that during a comparable period, January-2015 through October-2017, the sales price of single-family homes increased approximately 12%.
TR reported in October that Dozier listed the home she purchased from Burnette, who had business before the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), for $269,000 – approximately $80,000 more than she paid for the home on January 21, 2015.
The controversy over the transaction was first covered by Tallahassee Reports and subsequently reported by the Tallahassee Democrat. Dozier told the Democrat,”It was an arm’s length transaction; the house was available to the public. No matter who the owner was, we followed the rules.”
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. Among those elected officials that voted for the grant was Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier.
Mr. Burnette was listed as the Manager of IB Tallahassee, LLC, according to the state of Florida Division of Corporations in 2014 and 2015. Mr. Burnette were mentioned in the FBI subpoenas delivered to city hall related to the investigation of the CRA.
Back in July Dozier defended paying $188,600 for the home which was appraised for $280,000 approximately eight months earlier.
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.