Leader Schiavoni Testifies For Bill To Give Tax Relief To Disabled Veterans
Bill would save disabled veterans an average of $1,400 annually
November 30, 2016
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COLUMBUS, OH - Today Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) testified with State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) in the Senate Ways & Means Committee for Senate Bill 302. This bill would provide a complete property tax exemption for honorably discharged veterans who were 100 percent disabled from a service-related injury.

“We have an obligation to take care of our brave heroes, many of whom are struggling financially,” Leader Schiavoni said. “It is important to honor American veterans of all wars for their patriotism, courage, willingness to serve, and sacrifice for the common good.”

This proposal expands the homestead exemption to allow all disabled veterans in Ohio a tax exemption for the entire property value of their primary residence. The bill also ensures that local school districts and jurisdictions do not lose funding from the loss of property tax revenue.

“For relatively little cost to the state, we can help give much needed financial security and some relief to the men and women who have served our country and given so much,”  added Senator Gentile. 

Enacting this tax exemption would benefit approximately 10,000 disabled veterans in Ohio by saving each of those veterans an average of $1,400.00 per year. This legislation has bipartisan cosponsors in the Ohio Senate. Senators Schiavoni and Gentile believe caring for Ohio’s veterans should not be a Democrat or Republican issue.

“SB 302 offers meaningful, financial support to those in our state who have bravely served our country and made a permanent sacrifice,” said Leader Schiavoni.

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