COLUMBUS, OH – State Senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) has introduced legislation with Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) to give a tax break to military veterans. Under the terms of Senate Bill 302, any 100% disabled veteran would be exempt from paying all property taxes on their home.
“Ohio should prioritize giving tax relief to our disabled veterans and their families,” said Senator Gentile. “We have an obligation to help our heroes who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom.”
Approximately 10,000 disabled Ohio veterans would be eligible for the tax exemption. This would save them an average of $1,400 per year on their primary residence. Local school districts and other jurisdictions that rely on property taxes would be reimbursed by the state.
“This tax break is a meaningful way for Ohioans to support the disabled veterans who have given so much to our state and our country,” said Senator Schiavoni.
The legislation has bipartisan cosponsors in the Ohio Senate. Senators Schiavoni and Gentile believe caring for Ohio’s veterans should not be a Democrat or Republican issue.
“This much needed tax relief will provide more economic security to Ohio’s disabled veterans who have made a significant sacrifice while defending this nation,” Senator Gentile added.
This proposal is similar to other legislation introduced by Senator Gentile, which would allow Ohioans who are over 65 or disabled to claim the homestead exemption, regardless of income.
Currently, only totally disabled Ohioans and seniors making less than $30,000 qualify for this exemption. Both Senators Gentile and Schiavoni have been working to expand the homestead exemption for seniors by removing the income test.