Gov. candidate Dudley donated home for burn, got tax deduction

Gov. candidate Dudley donated home for burn, got tax deduction

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by Pat Dooris

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Posted on October 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 7 at 8:13 AM

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Do you think Dudley's $350,000 home deduction was appropriate?

Republican candidate for Oregon Governor, Chris Dudley donated his house to the Lake Oswego fire department in June of 2004.

The department spent three days training in and then burning down the house. Dudley got a nice note from the fire chief and a $350,000 tax deduction.

Willamette Week magazine's Nigel Jaquiss first reported the story in Wednesday's edition. Jaquiss estimated the deduction saved Dudley $140,000 in taxes.

PHOTOS: Firefighters burn Dudley home

Dudley's campaign director defended the deduction in a written statement. "He's allowed under the law to take a deduction and he did everything by the books," wrote Josh Gisberg.

"Chris Dudley provided a qualified appraisal of the property. His property met the safety and environmental standards for qualification and Chris paid for the removal of the debris following the training". Ginsberg wrote.

Documents provided KGW.com by the campaign show the appraisal was finalized December 28, 2004 nearly seven months after the actual training fire.

Dudley's home sat on 1.6 acres across from Oswego Lake Country Club with a view of the golf course. The appraisal shows the home was 55 years old, with 4 bedrooms, four bathrooms and 4,927 feet of living space. The appraisal states the estimated value of the land was $850,000. The estimated value of the home was $350,000.

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