New Castle County expands property tax exemption for disabled veterans
New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer last week signed legislation to expand property tax relief for disabled veterans and service members.
Th bill introduced by Councilmember Janet Kilpatrick was inspired by a local Marine Corps reservist who suffered an injury while serving from 2006 to 2011. It waives the three-year residency requirement for the County’s existing property tax exemption.
“After meeting Jamie Frei, a local constituent, and learning of the continued hardships caused by service related injuries I felt that it was important to offer to these men and women what support we could through our local government,” Kilpatrick said. “This Ordinance, which places a residency exemption on the existing assessment law for the totally and permanently disabled veteran shows that we not only are thankful for their service, but that we welcome them into our community.”
Veterans with incomes of $50,000 or less and a permanent service-connected disability are eligible.
“Wounded warriors sacrificed for our country,” Meyer said. “I am proud that County government now provides immediate access to our property tax exemption when they purchase a home.”