Kingsport Times-News: Scott County approves personal property tax exemption for disabled veterans
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Scott County approves personal property tax exemption for disabled veterans

Holly Viers • Dec 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM

GATE CITY — Scott County veterans who are totally disabled as a result of military service now qualify for a personal property tax exemption.

During this month’s meeting of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, board members adopted an ordinance enacting the tax exemption, which covers one vehicle that the disabled veteran regularly uses.

Background

The idea for personal property tax relief for disabled veterans was first mentioned in the BOS’s November meeting.

Such an exemption is allowed by the Code of Virginia, which states that the exemption can cover “one motor vehicle owned and regularly used by a veteran who has either lost, or lost the use of, one or both legs, or an arm or a hand, or who is blind or who is permanently and totally disabled as certified by the Department of Veterans Services.”

During the November meeting, it was estimated that a 100 percent tax exemption for one vehicle would save each disabled veteran around $200. Though other levels of exemption were discussed, Supervisor Jack Compton made a motion in favor of the 100 percent exemption. A public hearing on the subject was then scheduled for the December meeting.

What happened this month?

No county residents spoke during the public hearing. County Attorney Sally Kegley said 83 veterans would qualify, and no other personal property owned by the individuals would be eligible for the exemption.

“If it’s 100 percent, it would be about $16,600 in relief,” said County Administrator Freda Starnes.

Compton made the motion to approve the ordinance, with Supervisor Danny Mann seconding. Kegley said the ordinance is effective immediately but would be for next year’s tax period.

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