News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

November 10, 2010
CONTACT: Mark Langford at 210-932-2568

Uresti files bill to fix problem with veterans' property tax exemption law

Sen. Carlos Uresti on Wednesday filed a bill for the 82nd Texas Legislature that will fix a confusing provision in the law granting a property tax exemption to disabled veterans.

Last year state lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a law that gives a full property tax exemption to veterans who are 100 percent disabled from their military service. Unfortunately, some appraisal districts have misinterpreted the legislative intent, allowing the exemption to stay with the homestead instead of following the veteran after selling their home.

This resulted in situations in which the new homeowner received the tax exemption instead of the disabled veteran. Senate Bill 201 will clarify the Texas Tax Code to ensure that the exemption follows the veteran, as the Legislature intended.

In 2007 more than 85 percent of Texas voters approved the constitutional amendment providing for this exemption – an overwhelming display of support and gratitude for those who gave so much in their service to the nation.

Uresti, who served in the Marines, filed the bill to coincide with the Marine Corps' 235 birthday on Wednesday and Veterans Day on Thursday to honor our veterans.

"This simple change in the law will make eligible veterans more self-reliant and secure, and it will give the rest of us another chance to say thanks for your sacrifice," Uresti said.

Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County and including approximately 750,000 people. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas.