Austin, TX – November 14, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) – Monday, Representative Jimmie Don Aycock pre-filed House Bill 62, exempting persons who are 100 percent disabled or totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability from all ad valorem property taxes on their homestead.
Proposition 9, the constitutional amendment which was the first piece to make this property tax exemption possible passed by the voters last November. If passed by the Legislature in the upcoming 81st Session, House Bill 62 will make this a reality.
There was a great deal of confusion when Proposition 9 passed last year. The passage of the constitutional amendment would have allowed for the exemption to have begun in the 2008 tax year. However Proposition 9’s enabling legislation did not pass during the 80th Legislative Session, so the exemption, while authorized, has not yet been codified in statute.
Representative Aycock stated, “Like most Texans, I was deeply troubled when the enabling legislation fell victim to an expired calendar last session. Through House Bill 62, I look forward to providing much needed relief for veterans who have suffered great personal loss for our freedom.”
Upon passage of HB 62, this exemption will be a permanent benefit to those veterans with a qualifying disability.
Representative Aycock’s Austin office is located in the Capitol extension: E2.804. He can be reached at 512-463-0684 or at P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768. His district office can be reached by calling 512-556-8954 or 254-690-1752.
Contact: Allison Billodeau
Tel.: (512) 463-0684