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Oklahoma Property Tax Exemption, State Question 715 (2004)

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The Oklahoma Property Tax Exemption Amendment, also known as State Question 715, was on the November 2, 2004 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure exempted injured veterans or their surviving spouses from homestead property taxes.[1]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 715 (2004)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,186,634 84.09%
No224,50615.91%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[2]

This measure amends the Oklahoma Constitution. It adds a new to Article 10. The new section is Section 8E. The measure creates an exemption from property tax. The exemption would apply to certain injured veterans. The exemption would also apply to veterans' surviving spouses. The exemption would be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. To qualify for the exemption an injured veteran would have to meet several requirements. First, the veteran must have been honorably discharged from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Oklahoma National Guard. Second, the veteran would have to be a State resident. Third, the veteran would have to have a 100% permanent disability. Fourth, the disability would have to have been sustained through military action or accident, or result from a disease contracted while in active service. Fifth, the disability would have to be certified by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Finally, the veteran would have to be otherwise qualified for homestead exemption. The exemption can be claimed beginning January 1, 2006.

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Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Support

This amendment was founded by Rep. Ray McCarter.

“Our veterans have given so much, especially our disabled veterans, and this is one way we can honor their sacrifice,” said McCarter (D-Marlow).

House Bill 1312 passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 99-0 vote.

McCarter added “It’s important that we recognize the contributions of our veterans and repay them whenever we can, any way we can.”[4]

“Oklahoma County residents who took a few minutes to fill out a questionnaire about property tax break proposals overwhelming supported the ideas,” explained Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan.[5]

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