Letter: Veterans’ survivors a national obligation

This is an “off-year” election. That doesn’t make it unimportant! Think before you vote.

Our state delegate, Michael Webert, is supporting an amendment to our state constitution. The issue will be on the ballot Nov. 4 as a referendum. The question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any member of the armed forces of the United States who was killed in action, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property of his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?

The thing about this proposed amendment the delegate supports is that it takes money out of an already limited ability of localities to raise local revenue, and contributes nothing from the state coffers to the effort nor does it provide any compensation for what it takes away. And it fails to accept that the entire issue is primarily a national obligation!

Personally, I think that our federal government is responsible for fully and totally supporting the members of our armed forces. They could do this through subsidies or tax-related benefits. There is no reason whatsoever for this amendment other than grandstanding by your legislative representatives.

Vote no!

Mr. and Mrs. T. Pagano
Huntly

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