Tax ex­emp­tion or­di­nance ap­proved

Colo­nial Heights or­di­nance ap­plies to sur­viv­ing spouses of pub­lic safety per­son­nel killed in the line of duty

The Progress-Index - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­berg@progress-in­dex. com or 804-722-5109.

COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS— At their meet­ing last Tues­day, the Colo­nial Heights City Coun­cil held a pub­lic hear­ing for a new or­di­nance re­gard­ing sur­viv­ing spouses of law en­force­ment officers, fire­fight­ers, or emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices em­ploy­ees who are killed in the line of duty.

The new or­di­nance ex­empts from tax­a­tion the real prop­erty of the sur­viv­ing spouse of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, fire­fighter, or emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices em­ployee who is killed in the line of duty, if the sur­viv­ing spouse oc­cu­pies the real prop­erty as his prin­ci­pal place of res­i­dence. The sur­viv­ing spouse qual­i­fies for the ex­emp­tion as long as he does not re­marry and he oc­cu­pies the qual­i­fy­ing real prop­erty as his prin­ci­pal place of res­i­dence. The ex­emp­tion ap­plies with­out any re­stric­tion on the spouse’s mov­ing to a dif­fer­ent prin­ci­pal place of res­i­dence.

“For­tu­nately, I don’t be­lieve we have any­one this cur­rently ap­plies to, and I hope it’s some­thing we never have to use,” said coun­cil mem­ber Ken­neth Fre­nier.

The or­di­nance came about af­ter, in Novem­ber of 2016, the vot­ers of Vir­ginia ap­proved a State Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment al­low­ing the Gen­eral As­sem­bly to pass leg­is­la­tion au­tho­riz­ing (but not man­dat­ing) lo­cal­i­ties to ex­empt from real es­tate tax­a­tion the prin­ci­pal res­i­dence of the sur­viv­ing spouse of a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, fire­fighter, or emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices em­ployee who is killed in the line of duty. At its 2017 ses­sion, the Gen­eral As­sem­bly ap­proved leg­is­la­tion au­tho­riz­ing lo­cal­i­ties to en­act the ex­emp­tion.

Dur­ing City Coun­cil’s Fe­bru­ary 20, 2018 work ses­sion, coun­cil in­di­cated by con­sen­sus that the City At­tor­ney should draft an Or­di­nance pro­vid­ing for the ex­emp­tion.

No one from the community showed up to speak dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing, and City Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved the or­di­nance in its first read­ing. The or­di­nance will go into ef­fect if it’s ap­proved by City Coun­cil dur­ing its se­cond read­ing in May. The or­di­nance can be viewed at http://va-colo­nial­heights2.civic­plus.com/ Agen­daCen­ter/ViewFile/ Item/2878?fileID=4398.

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