The sheriff candidate lived in APCHA housing while owning a free market home in Basalt

The sheriff candidate lived in APCHA housing while owning a free market home in Basalt

Michael Buglione, who’s working for Pitkin County Sheriff, attends Squirm Evening on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Grassroots TV in Aspen. (Austin Colbert/The Aspen Occasions)
Austin Colbert/The Aspen Occasions

Sheriff candidate Michael Buglione owned and rented an open market dwelling in Basalt whereas additionally residing in an worker housing unit operated by the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority, in line with public information and interviews.

This may have put Buglione in violation of Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority guidelines that prohibit landlords or tenants of restricted deed worker housing from proudly owning developed residential property all through Pitkin County and elsewhere within the Roaring Fork River drainage space. The Basalt Home – whose property information present that Buglione and his spouse, Holly Davis, purchased for $720,000 in November 2020 — is positioned in Pitkin County.

Deed of assure for the acquisition of the Basalt residence by Michael Buglione and Holly Davis in November 2020. | Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Workplace

“He was not allowed to personal property in Basalt,” mentioned Julie Kieffer, who was APCHA’s {qualifications} specialist when she spoke to Buglione in late 2021 concerning the worker housing unit at 410 S. West Finish St. in Aspen. Kieffer now works for Pitkin County and is now not with APCHA.

Based on Buglione, he lived within the Aspen worker unit till this summer time, when he moved to his home within the Elk Run neighborhood in Basalt.

“I met with APCHA at their workplace in Truscott they usually gave me till June to maneuver,” Buglione mentioned in an e-mail response to questions from The Aspen Occasions.

Additionally, in line with Buglione, the Basalt home he and his spouse owned was being renovated this spring, which was his response to a query about whether or not anybody else lived there whereas he resided in South West. Finish Road.

APCHA had understood that Buglione may reside in South West Finish Road till the renovation was accomplished on the Basalt home, the place he would transfer.

“We knew (Buglione) was going to maneuver and allowed him to remain there for an additional two months or one thing,” mentioned Cindy Christensen, APCHA’s deputy director of housing, operations and property administration. “We have handled him like anybody else in coping with somebody shifting out, however his place is not fairly prepared to maneuver in, if we will try this.”

But Buglione additionally informed Kieffer that he allowed the vendor of the Basalt residence to remain there whereas the vendor constructed a brand new dwelling in Carbondale, in line with Kieffer.

Kieffer mentioned Buglione knowledgeable her of the possession of the Basalt home late final yr, a yr after he and Davis acquired the residence. She mentioned Buglione informed her that “the previous proprietor (of the Basalt home) lived there as a result of he was constructing a home”.

When requested if the earlier proprietor rented the Basalt unit from Buglione and Davis, Kieffer replied “Sure”.

Reached on Monday, former proprietor Alexander Hoffman requested that the questions be requested by e-mail. Hoffman, nonetheless, didn’t reply to a follow-up e-mail asking if he continued to reside within the residence after promoting it to Buglione and Davis.

Public information present that as not too long ago as Might 22, Alexander and Kelly Hoffman used 503 Wren Court docket as their mailing handle for his or her Garfield County property tax invoice. The invoice was for an undeveloped lot the place they’re constructing a home on the River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.

This tax invoice exhibits {that a} couple used a Basalt home, owned by Michael Buglione and Holly Davis, as their mailing handle till at the very least Might 25. | Garfield County Assessor’s Workplace
tax receipt

Responding to an Aspen Occasions investigation in search of info on Aspen worker housing possession, APCHA was in a position to present an e-mail change Friday from November 2021 between the residence’s property supervisor and Kieffer. . That was the extent of the knowledge APCHA may present concerning the property.

Kieffer mentioned the e-mail was concerning the rental and tenant standing of the South West Finish dwelling. She mentioned her impression was that Buglione had moved as a result of he had informed her beforehand, and that she was in search of up-to-date info on who was residing there on the time.

An email dated November 3, 2021 Kieffer’s APCHA account contained a topic line that learn “NOTICE 410 SW Finish St 105 IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE” as a result of APCHA didn’t have an up to date rental file for the property.

Based on an e-mail response the subsequent day from property supervisor Jim Iglehart, the “lease was nonetheless energetic” and “Michael will present his rental utility quickly, I’m informed.” Iglehart’s e-mail included an hooked up lease settlement that Buglione signed on January 1, 2014. The phrases of the settlement had the lease in impact till December 31, 2014, after which it turned a month-to-month lease. , in line with the phrases of the doc. Iglehart declined to remark for this story.

Kieffer mentioned Buglione was by no means cited for non-compliance for subletting the South West Finish dwelling, which underneath the tenancy settlement would have required APCHA approval.

Throughout his tenancy on the South West Finish residence, Buglione was nonetheless cited twice for non-compliance – as soon as for incomes an excessive amount of cash to qualify for that specific worker lodging, and likewise for failing to having moved out for noncompliance, Kieffer mentioned. It was after these notices of non-compliance have been printed that Buglione up to date his {qualifications} to remain at South West Finish Road, Kieffer mentioned, noting that she didn’t know he owned the Basalt home till till he informed her about it on the finish of final yr.

Buglione was requested concerning the South West Finish dwelling on the Squirm Evening contestants’ discussion board held on October 6. The moderator’s query was whether or not Buglione had sublet the worker lodging to a member of the family, which may additionally violate APCHA guidelines.

“My daughter-in-law and my son truly utilized by APCHA and have been accepted and the owner gave them their lease. I do not understand how that was inconsistent,” he mentioned.

One other property the place Bulglione lived, 729 W. Francis St. in Aspen, was recognized as his bodily residence on the certificates of designation concerning his Might 2020 election to the Hearth Safety District Board of Administrators of Aspen. It’s unclear who, if anybody, lived on the South West Finish home whereas Buglione resided at West Francis. Iglehart’s e-mail from November 2021 mentioned Buglione was nonetheless renting the South West Finish home.

Buglione additionally referenced West Francis’ handle at Squirm Evening, saying he had not sublet the South West Finish residence.

“I freed up my time there and moved into 729 West Francis with my then girlfriend and now spouse,” Buglione informed Squirm Evening.

The South West Finish Road Worker Housing Unit is a part of a townhouse complicated consisting primarily of open market models. Appraiser information establish New York-based entity AYR Reserve RE because the proprietor of the South West Finish unit the place Buglione lived.

Buglione additionally listed 410 S. West Finish St. as his bodily handle in a Feb. 28, 2022, utility submitting with the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s workplace. The identical handle was listed as his residence in an acceptance of nomination supplies filed with the Clerk and Registrar on March 7, in addition to in marketing campaign supplies for April 26, whereas the marketing campaign mailing handle was was recognized as 410 S. West Finish St. in June. June 7 and 24 marketing campaign deposits.

The paperwork have been modified in late July and early August to point out his bodily handle is 503 Wren Court docket in Basalt, the place Buglione mentioned he at the moment resides.

Buglione is working in opposition to three-term incumbent Sheriff Joe DiSalvo in November’s midterm. Buglione is a former worker of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Workplace and the Aspen Police Division. He as soon as labored underneath DiSalvo.

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