Tarver clears up residency rumor | AspenTimes.com

Tarver clears up residency rumor

Janet Urquhart

Though mayoral candidate Charlie Tarver co-owns a home outside Aspen’s borders, he confirmed yesterday that he lives full time within the city limits.

Tarver said he has been a city resident for about a year, residing on East Cooper Avenue, though he is still part-owner of an East Owl Creek home located in unincorporated Pitkin County. He owns the home with his estranged wife; they have filed for divorce, he said.

The East Owl Creek residence is a deed-restricted home governed by the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority. Owners of affordable housing are required by the deed restriction to reside in the unit and the housing office is aware Tarver is not in compliance with the regulation, said Cindy Christensen, housing office manager.

However, it is housing office policy to allow some leeway when spouses who jointly own a deed-restricted unit separate, Christensen said. There is no set period of time in which the individual who no longer lives in the home must divest himself or herself of the asset, she said.

Disposition of the home will be decided as part of the divorce, Tarver said.

“We know it’s in the works,” Christensen said. “He knows he can’t remain an owner of that [house] if he’s not living in it.”

Tarver said he first contemplated a bid for elected office in Aspen a couple of years ago, but he was living outside the city limits and was therefore ineligible as a candidate.

His ongoing ownership in affordable housing located outside the city has sparked rumors in recent weeks that he is ineligbile to run for office in the city of Aspen.

Tarver agreed to discuss the matter and clear up the rumors at The Aspen Times’ request.

“I don’t see it as a big issue,” he said.

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