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Thursday, February 04, 2010

GOP's Candidate For Ohio Governor John Kasich: His County Property Tax Records Reveal Odd Numbers

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- John Kasich acquired 10 acres of land in one of Ohio's fastest growing counties in April 1996 for less than courthouse property tax records show the land was worth. Delaware County appraised the property at an average of $17,250 per acre, but after Kasich bought it the land value dropped to $10,500 per acre. In other words, the tax value of the 10 acres fell from $172,500 to $105,000. Kasich's tract is next to a private country club outside Westerville in Central Ohio, and he built a 4,387-square foot home on the site. At the time, Republican Kasich was one of the nation's most influential congresssmen as chairman of the House Budget Committee. The Delaware County purchase allowed him to build on a secluded homesite in an exclusive area. Kasich's compound -- including the land and home -- is currently valued at $759,500 on county tax records. Kasich quit Congress after a failed presidential campaign in 2000. He became a FOX News commentator and worked at Wall Street investment bank Lehman Bros., as a managing director until the firm's collapse.

Kasich's property tax records are available online at the Delware County Auditor's Office. The Daily Bellwether looked them up earlier this week. Other records in the courthouse seem to indicate that Kasich purchased the property out of an estate. The estate may have been controlled or administered by a campaign aide or partner. That suggests the land transaction may not have been an arm's length deal. Or it may be that Kasich heard about a good buy on the real estate market and pounced. Either way, there is a possibility of insider trading. At some point in the campaign against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, Kasich may have to answer questions about his real estate dealing in Delaware County.

The county property tax records show that several years passed before Kasich's 10-acre tract of land was reappraised in excess of its 1996 valuation.


  1. I'm still not getting why you think this is a big deal, or why you are able to assume so much.

    Regardless, John's home is nicer than that dilapidated 1 room shack above his campaign office he supposedly "lived in"... while his wife remained a full time resident of Kentucky for corporate reasons.

  2. Bill- Kasich was the chairman of the Budget, not Finance Committee.

  3. Bill-

    Could you elaborate what your basis is for this statement?:
    "The estate may have been controlled or administered by a campaign aide or partner."

    Interesting work. Would love to hear more. :)

  4. Modern--

    I changed it to Budget chair. Thanks for the reminder/heads up. As for elaboration, I expect more will come. I could not get up there today because of weather and other matters. I also know that some of the newspapers in Ohio are poking around. I can tell you that the county reduced the property appraisal value on Kasich's land after an appeal was filed, or a challenge was raised. I think that Kasich should disclose his income tax records -- both state and federal -- back to the mid-1990s. It would be interesting to see if he has claimed Ohio residency while in and ouf of office. Kasich's father in law was a wealthy CEO (Medex Inc. in Dublin) and had a Franklin County address, but filed a declaration of domicile in Naples, Fla. (Collier County)where he owned a waterfront condo, 1650 Dolphin Court. That was probably done to escape Ohio income taxes, or to get a break on Florida taxes. Yet FEC records show Kasich and other Republican politicians received political contributions from the father in law that listed the Franklin County address. I suspect we are going to learn a lot more... . .

  5. People often declare Florida because that State's law make it virtually impossible for creditors to seize real property to pay for debts (outside mortgages.)