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One of Two Proposed Constitutional Amendments Passes in Virginia

By Susan Larson. File photo copyright Fredericksburg.Today

Of the two proposed constitutional amendments on Virginia’s November 8, 2016, ballot, one passed and one did not.

The first — Question One — had to do with putting the state’s right-to-work law into the constitution. With 96.13 percent of the precincts reporting, 53.46 percent voted no, and 46.54 percent voted yes.

The second — Question Two — called the proposed Tax Relief Ballot, passed. With 96.21 percent of the precincts reporting, 79.56 percent voted yes, and 20.44 percent voted no.

The vote allows “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.”

For a person to receive a property tax exemption, they will need to meet the following requirements:

1- Have been legally married to a “law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel” who died while doing their job.
2 – Own their own home.
3 – Live in a county or city whose governing body has decided to offer the property tax exemption.
4 – Remain unmarried if they wish to continue receiving the property tax exemption.

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