More Questions In Chiefland Election
City Commissioner Alice Monyei, who lost in Tuesday's election, said Thursday she thought as many as twenty people who didn't live inside city limits voted illegally in the election. But after a further WCJB investigation, there may be even more.
At both the Levy County Property Appraiser's Office and the Chiefland Building and Zoning Department, it seems one well-known family may be involved in several improprieties. Monyei says city employees may be scared to speak up.
The Levy County Courthouse is home to the Property Appraisers Office. Inside, WCJB found that although Mary Andrews had listed a Chiefland business at 13 SE 1st Avenue as her home address with Levy County voting records, she has been claiming a homestead exemption with a mobile home well outside city limits.
We knocked on the door. A woman saying she's rented the home for two months told us that Andrews is still the owner but does not live at the mobile home.
Next, WCJB went to Andrews listed residence at 13 SE 1st Avenue. But it was locked.
She's not the only family member with a questionable registration.
Dennis Andrews and Kelby Andrews list 1411 South Main Street as their home address. But it's part of the Andrews Land and Timber company and zoned I-2. That's an industrial zone which means they couldn't live here.
The business on SE 1st Avenue is zoned C-2. That's a commercial zone which also means living at that address is also not allowed.
"My phone rang all night with people calling with their feelings about what's going on," says Monyei. "They're very, very happy about this investigation."
Chiefland city officials referred me to City Attorney Norm Fugate. Fugate said via telephone it is not an important enough issue from the city's standpoint to go on camera. He adds that no allegations of code violations have been raised yet and the bottom line is that this is a voter registration issue, not a code enforcement issue.
"I feel that the city will not do anything because three commissioners on our board are behind the Andrews 100% and our city staff is afraid of their jobs," says Monyei. "There is not going to be anything done by the city."
Monyei says she was referring to Commissioners Teresa Barron, Rollin Hudson and Teal Pomeroy.
Hudson says that Monyei's statement couldn't be further from the truth and she should have brought this up before the election.
WCJB tried late Friday to reach Barron and Pomeroy, but they didn't returned my phone calls. Repeated messages both Thursday and Friday to the Andrews family have not been returned either.
Monyei says once she gets the list of who voted from the Supervisor of Elections, she will file a complaint against everyone who lives outside the city limits.
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV20 News
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