Post 1 incumbent Daley misreports land ownership, says it was an oversight

chwright@macon.comOctober 30, 2013 

Mike Daley

WARNER ROBINS -- Councilman Mike Daley, who is running for re-election to his Post 1 seat, failed to disclose three properties on his personal financial disclosure form, which is required of candidates.

After reviewing all of his properties and forms with The Telegraph Wednesday, Daley submitted an amendment to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission that lists the three properties and another that may have been required.

Jodi Daley, the councilman’s wife who also handles his state filings, said her husband buys and sells properties frequently, and the missing properties were an oversight.

“They were apparently inadvertently missed,” she said.

Mike Daley is a partner in DayBuz Enterprises LLC, which owns several rental properties. According to the Houston County tax assessor’s website, the company currently owns 18 properties. Daley personally owns another two properties.

But his personal financial disclosure form that was filed in July and covers the 2012 calendar year only lists 12 properties, including one in Bibb County. The Daleys admitted three properties were mistakenly excluded and explained the rest of the difference.

Some of the properties were purchased after the dates covered by the form.

“What’s on the tax assessor’s website is what’s most current, and what’s on the form is what was (owned) in 2012,” Jodi Daley explained.

The tax assessor’s website also shows four separate parcels for undeveloped land Mike Daley owns on Armed Forces Boulevard. Jodi Daley said it’s listed on the disclosure form as one address because her husband counts it as one property.

The tax assessor’s website lists another property that DayBuz purchased Dec. 28, 2012, but Mike Daley said it wasn’t actually purchased until this year.

The Telegraph also noticed an address on the disclosure form that Jodi Daley said is a typo for their personal residence.

Jodi Daley said that on the amendment she submitted Wednesday, she removed the Bibb County property and two others in Houston County because DayBuz does not technically own them. The company sold and financed the homes but does not hold the title.

Jodi Daley apologized for the three properties that should have been included on the form and said she has included the fourth property with the disputed sale date on the amended form to be on the safe side.

She also corrected the typo in the personal residence address.

To avoid overlooking properties that should be reported on future forms, the Daleys said they will tweak an internal report they use to track the company’s properties.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

 

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