FITZHUGH RESTORES TAX RELIEF FOR DISABLED VETERANS, ELDERLY FROM REPUBLICAN CUTS
NASHVILLE—Democratic Minority Leader Representative Craig Fitzhugh today forced House Republicans to pass property tax relief for disabled veterans and elderly. Leader Fitzhugh was able to amend a bill today that deletes the “Save the Tax Relief Act” which became law last year. Under that law, completely disabled veterans, their spouses and other Tennesseans who are elderly or disabled could apply for state financial aid to help pay their property taxes. Previously, the state would pay tax on the first $175,000 of a veteran’s home and on the first $25,000 for elderly homeowners. But the new law lowered the limits to $100,000 for veterans. Elderly or disabled homeowners would be capped at $23,000. The amendment restored the tax refunds to previous levels.
“What Republicans did to our elderly and our disabled veterans last year was the absolute wrong move. Our disabled veterans and senior citizens have paid a great physical, mental and emotional price to ensure our liberties,” said Rep. Fitzhugh. “Although we can never fully pay them back for what they have done for our communities, our state and our nation, we can make sure that we uphold our promise to assist with their property taxes.”
Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), who first sponsored legislation this year to restore the property tax cuts to their original level said, “Today, Leader Fitzhugh’s amendment forced the body to put up or shut up and resulted in a dramatic increase in funding.”
The bill now needs to be reconciled with the Senate version.