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|Texas Constitutional Amendment - Proposition 8 - FOR|
The constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.
Origin: Senate Joint Resolution 35 by State Sen. Donna Campbell (R–New Braunfels)
What it Does: Expands the current homestead tax exemption to include surviving spouses of service members fatally injured in the line of duty, along with those killed outright.
Background: The Texas Constitution, Art. 8, Sec. 1-b(m), allows the Legislature by law to provide that the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. armed services who was killed in action is entitled to an exemption from property taxes of all or part of the market value of the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse has not remarried. The Texas Tax Code, Sec. 11.133, codifies the property tax exemption on the total appraised value of a surviving spouse’s residence homestead.
MCTP Position: As most military family members know, the spouse/family are all in it together to serve and protect our nation. It's only fitting that if the serviceman/woman that is KIA or fatally wounded in line of duty, that this would help the surviving spouse (somewhat) in the transition.