“If approved Amendment 9 will provide full Homestead Property Tax Relief to the surviving spouses of our military and first responders killed in the line of duty,” said John Rivera, President of the PBA.
The League of Women Voters’ condemned the amendment because it will result in less tax for local government.
“The League is looking at this amendment all wrong. Amendment 9 honors the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. These grieving spouses and families have already given so much to their community. This Amendment recognizes their loss and helps to make sure they have a place to call home,” said Rivera.
“Ironically, the overwhelming majority of the survivors are women.”
According to the PBA, the yearly loss of revenue is less than a nickel per citizen. The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference placed the overall financial impact to the entire state as less than $600,000.
“This amendment ensures a surviving spouse will not lose a home because of property taxes. They have already given our state a wife or husband, a father or mother, a leader… What more should we take from them?”