Connie Mack is married to California Republican Rep. Mary Bono, and both have homestead exemptions on their residences – Mack on his Fort Myers condominium, and Bono on her Palm Springs house.
The Florida Constitution says no more than one homestead exemption is allowed to any individual or “family unit,” which means a married couple, said Will Shepherd, general counsel for the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s Office.
“Assuming they’re functioning as a married couple, even if they live in those separate residences, then Florida law would say no, you cannot have two homesteads (exemptions),” he said.
But a lawyer for Mack disputed Shepherd’s interpretation of Florida law, saying that because Mack and his wife are “financially independent” and maintain “separate permanent residences” in their respective states, Mack is entitled to a homestead exemption in Florida.
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