Virginians to consider tax exemption proposal

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginians heading to the polls on Election Day will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would exempt the surviving spouses of U.S. military members killed in action from paying real estate taxes. Loudon Republican Del. David Ramadan sponsored the amendment and said it’s the least the state can do for the spouses of those who died serving their country. Virginia already offers a real estate tax exemption to veterans who became completely disabled as a result of their military service. The General Assembly has unanimously passed Ramadan’s legislation twice, with an election in between votes, allowing the voters to have a voice on changing the Virginia Constitution. The exemption would apply only to the spouse’s principal place of residence.

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