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    Ramadan’s ‘Killed in action’ tax relief measure on the ballot Nov. 4

    A proposed amendment to Virginia's constitution to provide property tax relief for military widows and widowers will be on the Nov. 4 ballot after two years of unanimous support form the state's General Assembly. The measure was patroned by state Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) and is the only constitutional amendment to be voted on this year.

    The amendment would eliminate real estate taxes on homes of spouses of any service member who was ‘Killed in Action.’ The spouse can continue to claim the exemption so long as they do not remarry and continue to occupy their home as their principal residence, Ramadan said, and the amendment would not change current law which covers disabled veterans and their surviving spouses.

    "[If] somebody gives the ultimate sacrifice and dies, the least I can do is not charge his wife or her husband taxes on their house,” Ramadan told the Times-Mirror in 2013 after submitting the legislation. “Especially that we already exempted the disabled veteran’s taxes. It’s a slap in the face for the people that have died.”

    Read past coverage here:

    -"Military widows, widowers may soon be exempt from property taxes in Va." -- March 11, 2014
    -"Ramadan’s Constitutional amendment earns unanimous support" -- Feb. 18, 2013

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