Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White and his wife watched a Tampa Bay Buccaneers football game last September from the Bucs’ skybox — a gift White should have disclosed onstate ethics forms but didn’t.
Elected officials are required to disclose any gift that is not from a family member if the gift’s value exceeds $100. No gifts from lobbyists are allowed.
Responding to questions from a reporter Monday, White said he didn’t think the value of the tickets exceeded $100 so he hadn’t reported them.
White changed his mind a day later after talking to the county attorney’s office and the Buccaneers, who said the tickets were valued at $395 each. White said he filed a disclosure form Tuesday, more than seven months late.
“It all depends on your interpretation of late,” White said when asked why he waited so long to disclose the gift.
Ethics Commission spokeswoman Kerrie Stillman said a gift is to be reported no later than the end of the quarter following the quarter in which the gift was given. White and his wife, Jennie, attended the Bucs-New York Giants Game on Sept. 27. That means the gift should have been disclosed by Dec. 31, Stillman said.
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