Oklahoma Homestead Exemption Transfer for Disabled Veterans Amendment, State Question 770 (2014)
- 1 Election results
- 2 Text of measure
- 3 Background
- 4 Support
- 5 Opposition
- 6 Media editorial positions
- 7 Path to the ballot
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
The Oklahoma Homestead Exemption Transfer for Disabled Veterans Amendment, State Question 770 was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure allowed a qualifying disabled veteran or his or her surviving spouse to sell their homestead, acquire another homestead property in the same calendar year and keep their property tax homestead exemption.
Below are the official, certified election results:
|Oklahoma Question 770|
Election results via: Oklahoma State Election Board
Text of measure
The tentative ballot question was as follows:
THE GIST OF THE PROPOSITION IS AS FOLLOWS:
SHALL THE PROPOSAL BE APPROVED?
FOR THE PROPOSAL — YES _____________
AGAINST THE PROPOSAL — NO _____________ 
- See also: Article X, Oklahoma Constitution
|Section 8E. A. Despite any provision to the contrary, beginning January 1, 2006, each head of household who has been honorably discharged from active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States or Oklahoma National Guard and who has been certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor to have a one hundred percent (100%) permanent disability sustained through military action or accident or resulting from disease contracted while in such active service or the surviving spouse of such head of household shall be entitled to claim an exemption for the full amount of the fair cash value of the homestead.
B. In order to be eligible for the exemption authorized by this section, the individual shall be required to prove residency within the State of Oklahoma and must have previously qualified for the homestead exemption authorized by law or be eligible for the homestead exemption pursuant to law.
C. If a homestead otherwise eligible for the exemption authorized by this section is transferred on or after January 1 of a calendar year, another homestead property acquired by the qualifying head of household or by the surviving spouse of such qualifying head of household shall be exempt to the same extent as the homestead property previously owned by such person or persons for the year during which the new homestead is acquired and, subject to the requirements of this section, for each year thereafter.
State Question 770 addressed homestead exemptions. At the time of Question 770's approval, homestead exemptions were defined as "laws designed to protect the value of a home from property taxes and creditors following the death of a homeowner spouse." According to the voter's guide published by Vote411.org:
|“||Homestead exemption laws typically have four primary features:
Only one primary residence of an individual is eligible for a homestead exemption. Ad Valorem or “at value” taxes are based on the value of the property. In Oklahoma, the county assessor places a value on property, set the tax rate based on local laws and collect the taxes. State laws determine how the process works. Property taxes are used to pay for core government services including public schools, infrastructure and police and fire protection. (Source: Oklahoma Property Taxes: 2014 Taxpayers’ Rights, Remedies and Responsibilities, Taxpayer Education Series, TES-14)
Oklahoma is currently 47th in the nation in the amount of property taxes levied on property owners.
HB 2621 "Yes" votes
- Note: A yes vote on HB 2621 merely referred the question to voters and did not necessarily mean these legislators approved of the stipulations laid out in State Question 770.
According to the voter's guide published by Vote411.org:
1. The incidence of disabled veterans and/or their spouses claiming the exemption would be relatively low making the potential impact on local revenue low.
2. The measures would provide further benefits for 100% disabled veterans and their families thus improving their standard of living.
3. The measures would serve to stabilize communities through home ownership.
According to the voter's guide published by Vote411.org
1. The continual chipping away at taxes aggravates our state’s inability to adequately fund and provide core government functions.
2. If approved the burden of taxation would shift to non-veteran property owners.
3. Small counties may be more adversely affected than larger ones who are better able to absorb the tax loss.
4. There is no good way to replace this tax.
Media editorial positions
- The Tulsa World said,
|“||We endorse all three state questions on the statewide ballot.
SQ 770 would allow disabled veterans and their spouses who are already eligible for 100 percent homestead property tax exemptions to take their exemptions with them when they purchase a new home.
—Tulsa World, 
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Oklahoma Constitution
A simple majority vote was required in both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature in order to place the proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure was approved unanimously in both legislative chambers. HB 2621 was approved by the Oklahoma Senate on April 24, 2014. The bill was approved by the Oklahoma House on May 20, 2014. The legislation was filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State on May 21, 2014.
April 24, 2014 Senate vote
|Oklahoma HB 2621 Senate Vote|
May 20, 2014 House vote
|Oklahoma HB 2621 House Vote|
- Oklahoma Legislature, "Enrolled House Bill No. 2621," accessed May 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Investopedia, "Homestead Exemption," accessed October 18, 2014
- Vote411.org, "State Question 770," accessed October 18, 2014
- Oklahoma Legislature, "History For HB 2621," accessed May 29, 2014
- Tulsa World, "Tulsa World Endorsements: A recap of Tulsa World editorial endorsements in Tuesday's election," November 2, 2014
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