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Farry Supports Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans
6/30/2010

Farry amendment extends exemption to other municipal fees 

The House of Representatives has passed House Bill 1838, legislation to defer property taxes for fully disabled veterans while the State Veterans’ Commission is certifying their property tax exemption application.  The bill passed with an amendment by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), a co-sponsor of the bill, to extend the exemption to certain municipal fees, which are normally included in local property tax bills. 

Pennsylvania’s Constitution provides anyone who is honorably discharged from the military and is 100 percent disabled an exemption from property taxes if they demonstrate financial need.  Unfortunately, the State Veterans’ Commission has a backlog of cases waiting for financial certification.  During this waiting period, the veteran must continue to pay property taxes.   

“The property tax exemption is helpful to many disabled veterans and it is the least we can do to thank them for the sacrifices they have made for our nation,” said Farry. 

Farry said House Bill 1838 would remedy the problem by exempting veterans from property taxes while the Veterans’ Commission considers their claims.  If the commission certifies a veteran’s application, the exemption would continue.  If the application is not certified, the veteran would be required to pay any outstanding property taxes without interest or penalties. 

Farry’s amendment would extend the exemption to municipal fees which are generally, but not always, included in local property tax bills. 

“My amendment closes a loophole by ensuring that in addition to the property tax exemption, veterans are exempted from other included fees,” Farry added. 

The legislation now goes to the state Senate. 

Rep. Frank Farry
142nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

RepFarry.com
Contact:  Sean Yeakle
House Republican Public Relations
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