Virginia Property Tax Exemption for Elderly and Disabled, Question 1 (2010)
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The amendment asked voters if they would approve or reject a property tax exemption for residents 65 or older or with disabilities that were permanent. It also mandated that homeowners show that they had a tax burden on their property in relation to their income in order to receive such exemptions. The measure was approved for the ballot on April 11, 2010 when Governor Bob McDonnell signed the proposed constitutional amendment.
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Question 1 (Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Exemption)|
Text of measure
The ballot question read:
Shall Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to authorize legislation that will permit localities to establish their own income or financial worth limitations for purposes of granting property tax relief for homeowners not less than 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled?
|Taxes on the ballot in 2010|
The following is the official summary written by the Virginia Board of Elections:
Under the Virginia Constitution, the General Assembly may give localities the power to grant full or partial exemptions from real estate taxes to persons 65 years of age or older or for persons permanently and totally disabled. The exemption applies to owner-occupied property used as the sole dwelling of such persons. The exemption is currently available only to such persons who bear "an extraordinary tax burden" in relation to their income and financial worth.
The proposed amendment removes the requirement that tax exemptions are available only to such persons who bear "an extraordinary tax burden," and gives the General Assembly authority to permit localities to determine their own income or financial worth limitations for tax exemptions for persons 65 years of age or older or for persons permanently and totally disabled.
There were no committees or organizations in opposition to Question 1.
National Taxpayers Union
According to state law, any organization that planned to influence a statewide measure was not required to register with the State Board of Elections until meeting the minimum $10,000 registration threshold. A committee, however, was required to register with the Board if they planned to raise or spend more than $10,000. The $10,000 threshold had been in law since 2004.
Media editorial positions
- The Loudon Times supported Question 1. The newspaper supported property tax exemptions for the elderly and disabled and returning control of taxing decisions to local governments. Also, The Times supported minimizing the tax burden for vulnerable segments of society including the elderly.
- The Virginian Pilot (Hampton Roads) supported Question 1. The newspaper's editorial board said that Question 1 should be supported by voters. Also, The Pilot felt that local governments should be able to set terms on property tax exemptions for the elderly and disiabled.
- The Washington Post supported Question 1. The newspaper's editorial board cited their support for Question 1 on giving local governments more power on setting property tax exemptions for the elderly and disabled. The Post also argued that the previous procedure of having local governments getting approval from the General Assembly to set exemptions is cumbersome.
There were no newspaper editorial boards opposed to Question 1.
Path to the ballot
A majority vote was required (in two successive sessions) of the Virginia General Assembly. The House version of the bill passed unanimously on a 98-0 vote on February 3, 2010, and passed the Virginia State Senate on a 39-0 vote on February 26, 2010. The measure was approved for the ballot on April 11, 2010 when Governor Bob McDonnell signed the proposed constitutional amendment.
- HB 16 summary
- HB 16 text
- SB 547 (companion bill)
- Official summary from Virginia State Board of Elections
- WDBJ7Election 2010: News 7 takes a look at amendments you'll see on the November ballot," October 25, 2010
- WTOP,"Va. voters to decide on tax, savings amendments," October 25, 2010
- Richmond Times-Dispatch,"Three amendments on ballot in Va.," September 28, 2010
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Virginia Legislature, "HB 16 Constitutional amendment"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Virginia Legislature, "House Bill No. 16"
- ↑ Twitter "Virginia State Board of Elections Twitter post", November 23, 2010
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Virginia State Board of Elections "Summary of Question 1-Veteran's Property Tax Exemption-2010"
- ↑ Sun-Gazette "County Democrats Back State Constitutional Amendments", August 17, 2010
- ↑ [Confirmed with VA GOP Communications Director via email on August 26, 2010]
- ↑ National Taxpayers Union "2010 Ballot Guide"(See Page 21)
- ↑ [Confirmed with Virginia State Board of Elections via phone on August 28, 2010]
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections "Virginia Referendum Committee Summary"(See Section 2.1, Page 13)
- ↑ Virginia State Board of Elections "Which Reports are Available Online?"(See PAC, Party, Referendum, and Inaugural Committees)
- ↑ Loudon Times "EDITORIAL: Constitutional amendments: Two and a half thumbs-up ", October 26, 2010
- ↑ The Virginian Pilot "A chance to say 'Yes' on Nov. 2", October 27, 2010
- ↑ Washington Post "Virginia's ballot questions", October 30, 2010
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