LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Local officials have inspected the home of Kentucky’s Republican governor as part of an appeal of the property’s value.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin purchased the home and 10 acres from a friend and campaign donor for $1.6 million in March. The Jefferson County property valuation administrator says the home plus 19 acres is worth $2.9 million.

Bevin has appealed. Last month, a Board of Assessment Appeals held a hearing. Its members delayed a decision until after they could inspect the property. That inspection happened Tuesday afternoon. The board chairman didn’t allow reporters to attend, ruling it was not a meeting as defined by the state Open Meetings Act.

Jeremy Rogers is an attorney representing The Courier-Journal. He said the inspection was a meeting and should be open to the public.

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