Amendments have tax implications.
They won’t be the biggest issues at stake in the congressional midterms, but Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in Tuesday on two tax questions with implications for military spouses and homeowners who live in flood-prone areas.
After filling in the bubbles for their preferred candidates, voters will see two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, both dealing with targeted tax breaks.
The General Assembly has advanced the proposals two years in a row with broad bipartisan support, and now voters will have the final say on whether the Virginia Constitution should be changed to allow tax exemptions for certain property owners.
Ballot question one would let local governments create partial tax exemptions for filers who take steps to flood-proof a property that’s frequently at risk of flooding. The constitutional amendment would give cities and counties the power to pass such tax exemptions, but local officials would decide the specific rules.
The second ballot question is a more technical change to a property tax exemption meant to help military spouses.
The Virginia Constitution currently lets surviving spouses of permanently disabled veterans claim a tax exemption for their primary home, as long as they don’t move to a new house. Under the proposed amendment, surviving spouses could continue to claim the tax exemption if they move.
Because the exemption applies to local property taxes, there is no statewide data on how many people claim it.
Virginia voters will see two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.