Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: February 7, 2005
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Proposes Property Tax Exemption
- Would Provide Relief for Surviving Spouses of Fire Fighters and Peace Officers -

AUSTIN - On Monday, February 7, State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) filed legislation aimed at relieving some of the financial burdens faced by surviving spouses of fire fighters and peace officers.

Senate Bill 377 would authorize a county, city, town, school district, or other political subdivision to provide an additional exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homesteads of certain surviving spouses.

The bill is not mandatory, and would simply give the political subdivisions the option of offering these exemptions. Sen. Deuell said he is honored to carry the legislation.

"These are survivors whose spouse made the ultimate sacrifice ensuring our safety and security," Sen. Deuell said. "I think the least we can do is give them an avenue to alleviate some of the financial strain that results from that tragedy."

If Senate Bill 377 passes, along with the language contained in the companion Senate Joint Resolution (SJR 13), it will be have to be voted on and approved on the statewide constitutional amendment ballot.