News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

April 22, 2009
CONTACT: Mark Langford at 512.463.0119

Senate approves tax break for fully disabled vets

Texas veterans who are 100 percent disabled from military-related injuries would be exempt from property taxes under a bill passed Wednesday by the Texas Senate.

Senate Bill 469, co-sponsored by Sen. Carlos Uresti, is needed to implement a constitutional amendment previously approved by Texas voters.

"Veterans who became fully disabled in the line of duty should not have to pay property taxes," said Uresti. "They gave everything but their lives in defense of our country. It is time we give something back."

Proposition 9 authorized the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation all of the market value of the residence homestead of veterans certified as having a disability rating of 100 percent as a result of military service.

While the amendment passed the Legislature and won voter approval, it did not take effect because the enabling legislation failed to pass in the 2007 regular session.

"The voters have already spoken on this issue, and the Legislature needs to follow through," said Uresti. "Our disabled veterans should have this tax break available to them as soon as possible."

The measure was sent to the House on a vote of 30-0.

Carlos Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19 representing over 750,000 residents throughout a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler counties. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts and spans two time zones.