Ballot Measures for Nov. 6, 2018

Ballot Measures for Nov. 6, 2018

Summary

The two ballot measures for the November 6, 2018 elections are:
Virginia Property Tax Exemption for Flood Abatement Amendment and Virginia Remove Restriction on Residence for Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Amendment.

Flood Abatement Amendment

Virginia Property Tax Exemption for Flood Abatement Amendment

A yes vote supports amending the state constitution to empower the state legislature to authorize local governments to provide a partial local property tax exemption for real estate subject to recurrent flooding that undertook improvements to abate or mitigate flooding or become more resilient against flooding.

A no vote opposes amending the state constitution to empower the state legislature to authorize local governments to provide a partial local property tax exemption for real estate subject to recurrent flooding that undertook improvements to abate or mitigate flooding or become more resilient against flooding.

From Ballotpedia

Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-6) was the lead sponsor of the amendment in the Virginia General Assembly.

Measure design

In Virginia, local governments are responsible for levying taxes on properties. The amendment would authorize the Virginia General Assembly to allow local governments to provide a partial property tax exemption for real estate subject to recurrent flooding that undertook improvements to abate or mitigate flooding or become more resilient against flooding.

Real estate tax exemptions in Virginia

As local governments in Virginia determine taxes on properties, the tax rate varies across the state. The Virginia Constitution authorizes local governments to provide homeowners with exemptions for real estate that had undergone renovation, rehabilitation, or replacement in specific areas. The constitution also provides for tax exemptions for veterans and their spouses if the veteran is totally disabled. It also provides for tax exemptions for the surviving spouses of police, firefighters, and other emergency service providers who were killed in the line of duty.

Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Amendment

Virginia Remove Restriction on Residence for Surviving Spouse of Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption Amendment

A yes vote supports amending the state constitution to remove a restriction on where the surviving spouse of a disabled military veteran may have his or her principal place of residence in order to receive a property tax exemption.

A no vote opposes amending the state constitution to remove a restriction a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a disabled military veteran, thereby leaving in place the requirement that the surviving spouse cannot move to a new residence and still qualify for the exemption.

From Ballotpedia

This amendment was sponsored by Rep. Jason S. Miyares (R-82), who introduced the amendment into the legislature as House Joint Resolution 562 on December 23, 2016.

Measure design

Currently, the constitution requires that the surviving spouse continue to reside in the place of residence of his or her deceased spouse. The amendment would state that no restrictions exist on the surviving spouse’s ability to receive the property tax exemption and move to a new principal place of residence.

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