LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Local officials will hear an appeal from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin about the value of a home he purchased from a friend and campaign donor.
Bevin and his wife purchased the home in March for $1.6 million. Jefferson County officials say the home is worth $2.9 million. The discrepancy has prompted an ethics watchdog group and a Democratic state lawmaker to file ethics complaints.
Bevin appealed the valuation. Wednesday, a three-member appeals board with the Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s office will hear that appeal. The board is appointed by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat.
The original property was 19 acres. Bevin purchased the house and 10 acres from Neil Ramsey, a friend who owns an investment company. Bevin appointed Ramsey to the Kentucky Retirement Systems board of trustees.