9th District Legislators Call for Action on Bill to Help Disabled Veterans

Protection of Property Tax Exemptions for Homes Wrecked By Natural Disasters
Nov 28, 2018

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove of the 9th Legislative District are calling for action on their bill to protect tax-exempt status for any property owned by a 100 percent disabled veteran whose home has been destroyed by flood, storm event or other natural cause. The delegation’s bipartisan-supported bill, S-900, passed the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee in late March of this year but has yet to be considered by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. Meanwhile, the Assembly version of the bill, A-714, is still awaiting action by the Assembly Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“Under current law, 100 percent disabled veterans claim a full local property tax exemption on their primary home. Regretfully, it became apparent after Superstorm Sandy that the law does not protect the veteran’s exemption in the event of a natural disaster if the property is no longer useable as the owner’s residence,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

“In what should be an easy and obvious fix, our delegation introduced this bill to continue the veterans’ property tax exempt status enjoyed before the destruction of their home, so long as substantial, ongoing construction is undertaken within a specified period of time.”

They added, “Gov. Murphy recently announced changes to Superstorm Sandy Recovery Houses Programs in an effort to assist Sandy-impacted victims who are still experiencing bureaucratic obstacles. Correcting this defect in the disabled veterans property tax exemption law, which stands as an insult to veterans, would be consistent with the newly rolled-out Sandy victims assistance efforts.” —J.K.-H.

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