Elections supervisor offers synopses of constitutional amendments

Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM.

• Amendment 9: “Homestead property tax exemption for surviving spouse of military veteran or first responder.”

“This is already in law (for veterans’ spouses) and has been since 1997,” Lux said. “Right now, there’s nothing out there for first-responders.”

The benefit would apply retroactively to the year the recipient’s spouse was killed.

• Amendment 10: “Tangible personal property tax exemption,” would double the exemption for tangible personal property from $25,000 to $50,000.

“This is mostly a tax on business people” on furniture, fixtures, machinery, tools, signs and equipment, Lux said. “It shouldn’t come as any surprise that something like this is going to lower tax revenue.”

• Amendment 11: “Additional homestead exemption; low-income seniors.”

“This would eliminate the entire property tax bill if you are age 65 or older,” Lux said.

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