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Another Good Reason For Me To Move Back To Texas


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http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R...ml/SJ00029I.HTM

New law pending giving 100% disabled vets 100% property tax exemption

80R6647 JPL-D By: Carona, Van de PutteS.J.R. No. 29 A JOINT RESOLUTIONproposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt all or part of the residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 1-b, Article VIII, Texas Constitution, is amended by adding Subsection (i) to read as follows: (i) The legislature by general law may exempt from ad valorem taxation all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of a disabled veteran who is certified as having a service-connected disability with a disability rating of 100 percent or totally disabled and may provide additional eligibility requirements for the exemption. For purposes of this subsection, "disabled veteran" means a disabled veteran as described by Section 2(:angry: of this article. SECTION 2. This proposed constitutional amendment shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 6, 2007. The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition: "The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt all or part of the residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation."

BILL ANALYSIS

Senate Research Center S.B. 666

80R6648 JPL-D By: Carona, Van de Putte

Finance

3/7/2007

As Filed

AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT

When returning due to injuries from battle, soldiers are discharged and then graded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on the severity of their disability. The VA's disability ratings range from zero to 100 percent, where a veteran's final rating is that number rounded to the nearest "ten." For example, a veteran leaving the service with a 24 percent disability rating will have an official and final rating of 20 percent. If the rating is 98 percent, then the veteran would be bumped up to 100 percent disabled. Though seemingly similar, "100 percent disabled" and "totally disabled" are two separate ratings. For purposes of this bill, however, both will qualify a veteran for the exemption. Based on these ratings, the State of Texas currently provides veterans a sliding scale of exemptions from certain ad valorem property taxes.

As proposed, S.B. 666, contingent upon approval of S.J.R. 7, exempts persons who are 100 percent disabled or totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability according to the VA from all ad valorem property taxes on their homestead.

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY

This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency.

SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS

SECTION 1. Amends Section 11.13, Tax Code, by adding Subsection (s), to define "disabled veteran." Entitles a disabled veteran who is classified as having a service-connected disability with a disability rating of 100 percent or of totally disabled to an exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of the veteran's residence homestead.

SECTION 2. Amends Section 403.302, Government Code, by adding Subsection (d-2), to specify that a residence homestead, for purposes of Subsection (d), that receives an exemption under Section 11.13(s), Tax Code, in the year that is the subject of the study is not considered to be taxable property.

SECTION 3. Makes the application of this Act prospective.

SECTION 4. Effective date: January 1, 2008, contingent upon approval by the voters of the constitutional amendment relating to the exemption of all or part of the residence homesteads of certain totally disabled veterans from ad valorem taxation.

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Any aid in property tax reduction would be appreciated. Texas property taxes are high when compared to other states. Even a bit more of a tax break would make a tremendous amount of difference in our household.100% of property value tax relief would be almost a life style change. lol

Hopefully Texas will follow tradition and make it a BIG TAX BREAK, everything's bigger in TEXAS. :angry:

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Rick:

This would really take the heat off for me. I just don't know if it is one of those show deals or not. I actually live in John Carona's District in Dallas and have sent him an email thanking him. If it passes it would actually save me about $ 3000 a year.

We will find out in June. They will have to make it an Amendment for Texans to vote on but that will pass cause Texas votes on everything that supports Veterans.

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Well, Texas is very likely to be one of the most "Veteran-Friendly" states in the nation.

I have compared some of the STATE provided benefits with some of the other, surrounding states (LA, OK, MO, AR, NM, etc.) and find that Texas Vets have the most bennys.

Texas Veterans Land Commission for example.......you can buy land and get a really good deal on the price and financing. You can even finance the home that you build on that land, for next to nothing.

Car tags, hunting and fishing licenses, free state park admission, and a bunch more goodies that I can't remember right off the top of my head.......but, Texas is tops in these here parts.

Y'all come on down. This here is the "Promised Land"........just behave when y'all git here, ya hear. :angry:

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Rick:

This would really take the heat off for me. I just don't know if it is one of those show deals or not. I actually live in John Carona's District in Dallas and have sent him an email thanking him. If it passes it would actually save me about $ 3000 a year.

We will find out in June. They will have to make it an Amendment for Texans to vote on but that will pass cause Texas votes on everything that supports Veterans.

Pete,

When I lived in kIlleen my taxes were about $2000. a year (course houses are cheaper in Killeen arera) I will be moving to San Antonio Area... taxes are more there, so this will be real nice for me because in Georgia I don't pay taxes either. Just gotta sell this house before I can move again. Son, and wife have almost everything packed now, just waiting on someone to take house off our hands then we are gone........

I really enjoyed my week in texas with my daughter and grandsons... can't wait to get back and spend more time with them.

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I love San Antonio. I consider it to be one of the four greatest places to visit in US. San Francisco, Boston, San Antonio and New Orleans.Of course New Orleans was prior to Katrina.
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