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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2018 02:45 PM
From: Representative Mark M. Gillen
To: All House members
Subject: Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation that will institute a process for disabled veterans to receive a prorated property tax assessment during the year in which they have been approved for the disabled veterans’ real estate tax exemption.

It has been brought to my attention that under existing provisions, if a prospective veteran applies for a disabled property tax exemption but does not receive approval prior to the due date of a property tax bill, the local taxing district may require the veteran to pay the full amount due. In these cases, the veteran will not receive the benefit of the exemption until the following tax year.

My legislation will require any tax assessed on property owned by a disabled veteran to be prorated from the date an eligible applicant files for the exemption with the State Veterans' Commission. If approval is granted, an approved veteran would be responsible for any tax assessed from the beginning of the tax year to the date in which they filed with the Commission.

I believe this measure is vital to ensuring the financial security and peace of mind for our disabled veterans. I respectfully ask that you join me and co-sponsor this important legislation.