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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2016 01:28 PM
From: Representative Pam Snyder
To: All House members
Subject: Expanding Eligibility of Disabled Veterans for Real Estate Tax Reductions
In the near future, I will be re-introducing House Bill 1502 of the 2015-2016 Session. This measure expands the number of disabled veterans in the state who are eligible to receive real estate tax reductions.
Currently, the Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption Program exempts veterans who are classified as 100% disabled by the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) from paying real estate taxes on their primary home, provided they meet other program requirements. However, those veterans who are 90% disabled get no exemption whatsoever. This anomaly must be rectified.

Therefore, this bill attempts to provide some relief for the veterans who do not have a 100% rating but are nonetheless impaired in their ability to earn a living and deserve property tax relief. Further, it proposes matching the level of relief to the disability percentage as determined by the VA. For example, if a veteran is categorized as 50% disabled he or she would be entitled to a 50% reduction in real estate tax owed.
The Real Estate Tax Exemption Program is an excellent way to show appreciation to disabled veterans while assisting them to enjoy a normal life. Please join me in recognizing and assisting all disabled veterans by expanding the program’s criteria.

I hope you will consider joining me in support of this important legislation.

Introduced as HB78