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2007 SJR 29 Became Law but 100% Disabled Veterans are Left 'High and Dry'

22 June 2008 at 4:46:50 AM

So, Where are the Property Tax Exemptions for 100% Disabled Veterans?

Last year members of the Texas legislature made themselves appear to be "heroes" by approving the bill of a total property tax exemption for 100% Disabled Veterans.

The truth is that like so many other bills, e.g., the "moratorium on toll roads", this bill is placebo --- it is bogus!!!

Last  year Officials Passed the "No Property Tax" Bill, the Voters Approved It, But Legislators Did NOT Approve the Bill that Determines How to Apply the Law!

In Texas strange and unusual legislative moves occur frequently.
Case in point:  In 2007 Texas legislators proposed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 29, a long-awaited constitutional amendment that would exempt 100-percent Disabled Veterans from property taxes, SJR 29 was passed by the Legislature and appeared on the November 6th ballot as Proposition 9, which was approved by Texas voters.
That was the good news!
The bad news is that the enabling legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 666, which amends the Texas Tax Code and sets forth how the law will be applied, DID NOT PASS.
Unfortunately for Disabled Veterans, this means that before the amendment can become law, a bill will need to be passed by the Legislature to amend the statute.  The next time this can be done is when the Legislature convenes in January 2009. 


So, what does this mean for thousands of needy Disabled Veterans?
It means that Disabled Veterans across Texas somehow must hold on to their residential properties for the next several years and hopefully NOT lose their homes to foreclosure. 
It means that Disabled Veterans will have to hold on for another year after the Legislature meets in 2009 so that an approved bill can become law and then be activated in the books and by counties throughout the state.
In short, 100-percent Disabled Veterans must be able to hold onto their properties at least for another 2 years before they will realize some property relief.  For many, that will be too late.
Plain and Simple:  Texas legislators dropped the ball on this issue! 
Consequently, what elected officials did is to provide "lip service" to disabled veterans, but withheld any REAL support and relief.  Did they have more pressing business elsewhere or were they just too much in a hurry to go home to their families without taking appropriate care of the veteran population?
Our officials should be ashamed of themselves for this inaction. 
They have sent a disturbing message and "a slap in the face" to all our current and future veterans.
The truth is that the number of 100 percent Disabled Veterans is very small in ratio to the entire population.  Apparently, this needy population is not important enough to legislators to warrant assistance more immediately.
It is sad that veterans mean so little to Texas legislators.

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1 - Hank Neigel   23 Jun 2009 @ 8:25:58 PM 

I only have one question, do any of the legislators that have been involved in this debacle have any relatives that fall in the category on 100% veteran disability in this state?  I guess they do not and do not care about us.  I am not even able to contact my representatives to get a response from them.  They will not call me back or talk about this issue.  If I knew back then what I know now, my decision to support and to fight for this country may have been different.  It is good to finally know where one stands with this State.  Thanks for nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

2 - James   23 Jun 2009 @ 9:31:32 PM 

My step dad was a WW-2 vet who walked around for 50 years with a metal plate in his head before he got disability, many times we went to the VA clinic and waited 4 hours to see a doctor for minutes at best. Every time I look at the flag from off his casket I feel like crying for the way he was treated.  After the war he went on to become a dentist he wasn't some bum.

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