The Utah Senate passed a measure today that will allow active duty personnel to receive property tax exemptions under certain conditions. SJR8, sponsored by Senator Luz Robles, D–Salt Lake City, will amend the Utah Constitution to allow for a property tax exemption for certain military personnel .
The Senate also passed a companion bill, SB 116, which will define the property tax exemption for military members to include certain members of the armed forces who performed military service in a combat zone in the prior year.
The cost to Utah taxpayers amounts to approximately $1 per homeowner.
Because the proposals require a constitutional amendment, the bill must pass with 2/3 of the legislature in support. Senators voted in favor, on a 24-4 vote. It now goes to the House for further consideration. Upon final passage in the House, the question will appear on the November ballot.
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by Whittney Evans
(KCPW News) The Utah Senate approved a bill this morning to exempt military personnel from paying state property taxes. Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Democratic Senator Luz Robles, would apply to a service member who has been called to active duty. Robles said men and women serving probably weren’t expecting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to go on so long, and they’re suffering.
“There’s more suicide for men and women in our military services than they’ve ever seen before.” Robles says. “There’s more issues related to the economy and them trying to get back to our communities. And truly this is just a small way of saying thank you as a state.”
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From the Salt Lake Tribune
by Lee Davidson
Members of the military who deploy out-of-state would have their property taxes waived temporarily under a proposal in the Legislature.
The Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved both SJR8 and SB116 and sent them to the full Senate. SJR8 is a constitutional amendment — which must pass by two-thirds majorities in both houses and be approved by voters — to allow the change, and SB116 is a statute needed to implement it.
“This will certainly make a big difference” to the families of military members who are deployed away from home, said Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, who is sponsoring the legislation. “We felt this would be a great opportunity to say thanks to them.”
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Senator Luz Robles presents bills supporting the men and women of the military
SALT LAKE CITY, January 24, 2012 – Senator Luz Robles, D—Salt Lake City (District 1) will present two pieces of legislation that will affect Utah’s military personnel. The bills will be presented to the Senate Revenue & Taxation Committee today, and will expand a property tax exemption to military members who have performed military service in a combat zone.
“Utah’s men and women who serve in the military make a tremendous sacrifice on behalf of our country,” said Senator Robles. “I think it’s important that we do whatever we can to help them here at home. Extending certain property tax exceptions to qualified military personnel is one way we can do that.”
Robles’ two bills will be heard at the 4:00 pm committee in Room 250 at the State Capitol
SJR008 Joint Resolution on Property Tax Exemption for Military Personnel
SB0116 Armed Forces Property Tax Exemption
Who: Senator Luz Robles
What: Presentation of SJR008 and SB0116
Where: State Capitol, Room 250