Regional
10:25 am
Wed August 12, 2009

Texas Governor Claims Residence in Two Places

Texas – Gov. Rick Perry lives, works and votes in Austin.

But The Associated Press reports Perry also claims to be a resident of College Station -- where he owns a house and gets a tax break designed for local homeowners.

Aides to Perry, who's seeking re-election, says the governor is entitled to claim a house he owns in College Station as his primary residence, even though he lives in a mansion in Austin.

But after inquiries from AP, Perry's re-election campaign said he may have to refund some of the tax break he got.

Perry's daughter, Texas A&M student Sydney Perry, lives in the home in College Station and has roommates who pay rent to the family.

A spokesman says Perry intends to live in College Station after his service as governor ends and is entitled to the homestead exemption.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.