SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO RELIEVE SERVICE DISABLED VETERANS OF PROPERTY TAXES IN NYS
Albany, N.Y. – 06/16/2014 – The New York State Senate passed two pieces of legislation last week that will lessen the property tax burden for service-connected disabled veterans. The first bill, S6563A was passed last Tuesday, followed by S6541A, which passed Thursday.
“All throughout New York State, our service disabled veterans are being forced out of their homes due to the out of control property taxes. During their service, these disabled veterans suffered physical and mental injuries that in some cases prevent them from being able to afford the high property taxes in New York State. These pieces of legislation will allow these heroes to age with dignity and respect in the comfort of their own homes,” said Senator Greg Ball, Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee.
The first piece of legislation S6563A will make permanently totally disabled veterans exempt from paying property taxes. The veteran must have served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, and must have acquired permanent injuries in the line of duty in order to qualify. Permanently totally disabled refers to those who have lost their legs, arms, eye sight, or are bedridden due injuries that occurred during combat.
The passage of S6541A, will make permanently totally disabled veterans exempt from property taxes when the property was given to them by a charitable organization at no cost. Senator Greg Ball spoke on the bill on the Senate Floor. This legislation will benefit service-connected disabled veterans such as Daniel Flanigan, the Vietnam veteran selected by Purple Heart Homes and Senator Ball to have his house completely renovated in order to accommodate the disabilities he incurred while in the line of duty.
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