Friday, September 6, 2013

Fwd: Proposed Constitutional Amendments Affecting Texas Veterans 11-5-13









The following is for your information and distribution to your members.

Please urge your members to register to vote, to vote in the 11/5/13 Constitutional Amendment Election, and to encourage their family, friends, and neighbors to vote FOR the following two Proposed Amendments which affect Texas Veterans and their families.

John A Miterko
Veterans Advocate.


What: Constitutional Election
When: Tuesday 11/5/2013
Where: Check local polling locations
Why: These two proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution directly affect the elimination of property taxes for surviving spouses of military members killed in action, and the second proposed amendment will reduce the property taxes for a disabled veteran if the property was donated to the veteran by a charitable organization.  Exact wording is shown below.





Proposed Constitutional Amendments Affecting Texas Veterans 11-5-13
 
The following proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution that will affect Texas veterans and/or their families:
 
Amendment No. 1 (HJR 62):
 
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.
 
Summary of Proposed Amendment.  Section 1-b, Article VIII, Texas Constitution, provides various exemptions from property (or "ad valorem") taxation for residence homesteads and limitations on certain property taxes imposed on those homesteads.  The constitutional amendment proposed by HJR 62 authorizes the legislature to grant the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action a property tax exemption for all or part of the market value of the surviving spouse's residence homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the service member's death.  The amendment also authorizes the legislature to provide that if a surviving spouse who qualifies for and receives such an exemption subsequently qualifies a different property as a residence homestead, the surviving spouse is entitled to a property tax exemption on the new homestead in an amount equal to the amount of the exemption received for the first homestead and the last year in which the surviving spouse received the exemption for that homestead if the surviving spouse has not remarried since the service member's death.  The proposed amendment applies only to a tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2014. 
 
 
Amendment No. 4 (HJR 24)
 
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.
 
Summary of Proposed Amendment.  H.J.R. 24  proposes to permit the legislature to authorize a new exemption from property (or "ad valorem") taxation of a percentage of the market value of a partially disabled veteran's residence homestead equal to the percentage of the veteran's disability if the residence homestead was donated at no cost to the veteran by a charitable organization.  The proposed amendment authorizes the legislature to provide additional eligibility requirements for the new exemption and to grant the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran, if the veteran died after qualifying for the new exemption, a property tax  exemption for the same portion of the market value of the same property to which the disabled veteran's exemption applied if the surviving spouse has not remarried, the property was the residence homestead of the surviving spouse when the veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the surviving spouse.  The proposed amendment states that limitations and restrictions on certain other property tax exemptions for disabled veterans do not apply to the new exemption.





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