County Commissioner Scott Carnahan and his spouse had filed and qualified for a homestead exemption in Georgia from March 19, 2021, until the pair requested the exemption be removed because they were moving to Florida, according to the records provided to the Citrus County Chronicle and others obtained from the Grady County, Georgia, Board of Tax Assessors Office, and verified through a spokeswoman with its office.
Carnahan, whose term expires in November, announced Tuesday, Jan. 18, during the county commission meeting he will not seek re-election in 2022. When asked about his residency, Carnahan told a Chronicle reporter he is not a resident of Georgia. He is a resident of Florida. He owns property in Georgia, but was not sure whether it is homesteaded because his wife took care of it. But he believes it is possible to have a homestead in another state.
When asked further about it, Carnahan walked off.
To qualify for a Georgia homestead exemption, which is $2,000, a person must actually occupy the home, and the home is considered their legal residence for all purposes, states the Georgia Department of Revenue website.
Per Citrus County requirements, all county commissioners must reside in district through their elected term. Carnahan was elected as commissioner for District 4 in 2018, having served as commissioner chairman from November 2020 to November 2021.
In 2018, Carnahan’s residency was called into question by his 2018 opponent – Scott Adams – for the District 4 seat. Adams filed a suit against Carnahan; however in July 2018, a circuit court judge dismissed the lawsuit Adams brought against Carnahan over his residency.