This Election Day, Virginia residents will vote for or against a similar ballot measure, called the Virginia Property Tax Exemption for Surviving Spouses of Police and Service Personnel Amendment.
The ballot question, sponsored by Rep. Timothy Hugo (R-40), will ask the following:
“Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?”
Louisiana will have a similar ballot measure in place, asking voters:
"Do you support an amendment to authorize an exemption from ad valorem
property tax for the total assessed value of the homestead of an
unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died while on active duty as a
member of the armed forces of the United States or the Louisiana
National Guard, or while performing their duties as a state police, law
enforcement, or fire protection officer?"
If passed, these measures would alleviate the financial burden of widows who have been confronted with an unexpected loss. It is an extension of an existing bill that allows the widows of U.S. veterans to utilize a property tax exemption.
Both military veterans and first responders take time away from their loved ones in order to protect the citizens of this country. In some cases, they not only sacrifice time away from their family, they also sacrifice their lives.
We the people call on Virginia and Louisiana residents to vote ‘Yes’ on election day, thereby supporting legislation that would prop up the families of the fallen.