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Amendments will be on Nov. 6 ballots

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Staff Report

While many voters are aware of who’s on the ballot in November, some are surprised to find out they’re not just voting for politicians, but also possibly new laws. In Virginia, voters will see two proposed state constitutional amendments regarding taxation of property, which they can vote “yes” or “no” on.

Amendment 1

The first amendment would authorize a county, city or town to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to flooding, if flooding resiliency improvements have been made on the property. The General Assembly and participating localities would place restrictions or conditions on qualifications for the tax exemption.

A “yes” vote will authorize the General Assembly to allow localities to provide a partial tax exemption for real property that is subject to recurrent flooding, if improvements have been made on the property to address flooding.

A “no” vote will not allow such a tax exemption.

Amendment 2

The second amendment would allow the surviving spouse of any veteran who has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent and total disability to continue claiming the tax exemption currently provided, even if the surviving spouse moves to a new principal place of residence that is owned by the surviving spouse.

A “yes” vote will allow these surviving spouses to move to a new principal place of residence that is owned by the surviving spouse and still claim the tax exemption.

A “no” vote will not allow such surviving spouses to move and still claim the tax exemption.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and will also include races for two U.S. Congress seats.