Martin pays back $2,100 for homestead tax credits

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Secretary of State Mark Martin has paid $2,100 to Benton County for improperly claiming a tax credit on two homes for at least the past three years.

Benton County officials on Monday said Martin had repaid $1,050 for the homestead tax credits he had received from 2011 to 2013, and another $1,050 in penalties, for his Rogers home. Online property records show that Martin had been receiving the $350 tax credit each year since at least 2008 for that home and another in Washington County.

State law allows the credit on only one home.

The Blue Hog Report website had first reported Friday that Martin received the credit on both homes. Martin, a Republican seeking re-election, faced criticism Monday from state Democrats over the credits.

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