(The Center Square) – Legislation, authored by Sens. Camera Bartolotta and Elder Vogel, to extend property tax exemptions for disabled veterans was unanimously approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Senate Act 578 would amend the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Constitution to extend the property tax exemption program to an unmarried surviving spouse after the death of an eligible veteran. The state veterans commission would determine if this person needed an exemption.
The legislation would remove the “wartime” clause so that the violation would not have to occur during a war in order for a veteran to qualify for the exemption. It would also ensure that a veteran’s primary residence is excluded while in a care facility and that compensation for damage is excluded from the calculation of income.
“The men and women of the military put themselves in danger every day to protect our freedom and our way of life,” said Bartolotta. “Veterans who suffer lifelong disabilities and financial difficulties as a result of their service deserve to be included in the property tax exemption program.”
The bill was submitted to the entire Senate for consideration.