VIRGINIA (WAVY) — Election Day is less than two weeks away, and 10 On Your Side wants you to be prepared for what will be on your ballot. This year you’ll be voting on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Virginia.
If it gets voter approval, the amendment will change the section of the constitution that has to do with taxation of military families.
Right now, Virginia law lets veterans, who were disabled during their service, and their spouses be exempt from some property taxes. And if the veteran passes away, the surviving spouse can still take advantage of the tax exemption, as long as he or she doesn’t move or remarry.
But, if Virginians vote “yes” to the Article X amendment on Election Day, spouses of any member of the armed forces who died in action will also qualify for the property tax exemption. The surviving spouse would still lose eligibility, if he or she remarried.
The exact wording of the question that will appear on your ballot is as follows:
Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?
The General Assembly has already passed the amendment, and Governor Terry McAuliffe signed off on the legislation in April. But the amendment will only become effective, if Virginia voters give their approval.
If you want to read the exact wording of the amendment, click here.
The upcoming Virginia General Election is November 4, 2014. Polling locations in Virginia will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.