FALL RIVER — Two days after a registered voter filed a complaint with the Board of Elections against City Councilor Steven Camara over a question of his residency in the city, the councilor filed a Declaration of Homestead on his city property with the Fall River Registry of Deeds.

City resident CJ Ferry filed his complaint Monday, protesting that Camara should not be on the November ballot. He said Camara had a homestead exemption on his Cherry & Webb Lane property in Westport.

The exemption, filed in 2014 with the New Bedford Registry of Deeds, shows that Camara declared his Westport property to be the address he would “occupy or intend to occupy … as (his) principal residence.”

On Wednesday at 3:09 p.m., a Declaration of Homestead on Camara’s 55 Lebaron St. home was filed with the Fall River Registry of Deeds. According to the Secretary of State website, Camara’s filing of a new homestead exemption terminates the exemption on the Westport property.

Ferry’s complaint was set for discussion Thursday night before the Fall River Board of Elections.

Camara said that when he filed the exemption in 2014, he was a private citizen and had more time to spend at his Westport residence.

In 2016, Camara was elected to the City Council, having served previously from 2008 to 2010.

Camara said he “corrected the paperwork” Wednesday with the Fall River Registry of Deeds and filed paperwork Thursday in New Bedford that revoked the Westport declaration.

“It will be explained in great detail,” said Camara, noting he planned to attend the Board of Elections meeting.

For Ferry, Camara’s filing of the new homestead exemption does not negate his complaint, which requests that Camara's “seat on the City Council be declared vacant.”

“To me, what this is is his admission of guilt and now he’s trying to correct his errors. At least he’s taking responsibility or he’s trying to cover it up," Ferry said, referring to the Westport home being documented as Camara's principal residence for several years. "The question is did he commit voter fraud or was it state fraud?"

Ferry said he wants Camara to prove that at the time he took out nomination papers for the November election and when he submitted those papers to the Board of Elections, he was a city resident.

Camara said Monday that the accusations against him are politically motivated because of his stance that indicted Mayor Jasiel Correia II not be removed temporarily from office. Correia is facing 24 federal charges, including accusations of corruption.

The Westport homestead exemption does not give Camara tax breaks, but it does offer the homeowner protection in the event of a foreclosure or lawsuit.

According to real estate website Zillow, Camara's five-bedroom, two-bath property near the Westport shoreline is estimated at $915,233.

Email Jo C. Goode at jgoode@heraldnews.com.