Virginia to have a referendum to exempt Veterans from property taxes
By Kyle Maichle
RICHMOND, Virginia: Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a constitutional amendment that will be placed on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the Commonwealth of Virginia to exempt veterans from property taxes.
House Bill 149 and Senate Bill 31 was signed into law on April 29, 2010. The amendment will ask the voters of Virginia if they will approve or reject a property tax exemption for a armed forces veteran or their surviving spouse if the veteran had a 100 percent permanent and total disability related to military service.
The House version of the bill passed unanimously on a 99-0 vote on February 15, 2010, and passed the Virginia State Senate on a 39-0 vote on February 26, 2010. The constitutional amendment was signed as part of 27 total pieces of legislation the Governor approved to improve services to veterans and their families in Virgina.
The measure is one of two measures that will be considered this November on property tax relief. Governor McDonnell signed a constitutional amendment on April 11, 2010 to ask voters to approve or deny a measure providing property tax relief for seniors 65 or older.