The Vice-Chair of the Ada County GOP Central Committee received a homeowner’s exemption on two different homes last year.
Public records obtained by BoiseDev show Travis Clyde, the Republican political organizer behind Keep Ada Red, show two Ada County homes under his ownership received a property tax break in 2021. Idaho homeowner’s exemption is specifically for a property owner’s primary residence and every Idahoan is entitled to one exemption of $125,000 annually under state code.
Clyde did not respond to an email from BoiseDev asking about the two exemptions.
Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade confirmed to BoiseDev Clyde did receive two homeowner’s exemptions in 2021, but he will only have one going forward.
Both of the homes Clyde owns are located in Ada County. The first is located in the far west part of the county close to the Canyon County line and the second, where he moved in 2020, is near Victory Road in Meridian.
McQuade said part of the county’s procedure when someone applies for a new homeowner’s exemption is for the clerk processing the application to check the applicant’s previous address to see if they have another homeowner’s exemption. This would have prevented Clyde from being awarded a second exemption for 2021, but he did not provide his former address to the clerk in his application.
“It’s a failure on our part,” McQuade said. “On the other hand, he got it because of our mistake but, I will note on his application where it says ‘What is your previous address?’ that was left blank. Had he completed that, the clerk would have certainly sought that information and not given two exemptions.”
McQuade told BoiseDev this “occasionally happens.”
2022 legislation does not have an impact
House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, and Sen. Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, put forward HB 564 targeting Idahoans who have two homeowner’s exemptions. The bill sailed through both chambers.
This legislation created a statewide database allowing county assessors to investigate not only if an applicant has a homeowner’s exemption in their county, but if they are also claiming one anywhere else statewide. But, because both properties Clyde owns are located in Ada County and he did not provide his former address to the county, this legislation would not have changed the outcome in this case.
The bill also created an appeal process for anyone who is denied a homeowner’s exemption.