The joint resolution proposes an amendment to s. 6, Art. VII of the State Constitution to expand the eligibility of the combat-related disabled veterans homestead property tax discount to include those veterans who were not Florida residents when they entered the military. If the joint resolution is adopted, a disabled veteran age 65 or older applying for the discount will no longer be required to provide proof that he or she was a Florida resident at the time of entering the United States military, but would still need to prove that the disability was combat-related and that he or she was honorably discharged. A disabled veteran who qualifies for this homestead property tax discount receives a discount equal to the veterans percentage of disability, as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Section 32 is added to Art. XII of the State Constitution to provide that if adopted by the voters, the expanded eligibility for the combat-related disabled veterans homestead property tax exemption shall take effect January 1, 2013.
ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6
ARTICLE XII, SECTION 32
VETERANS DISABLED DUE TO COMBAT INJURY; HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX DISCOUNT
Proposing an amendment to Section 6 of Article VII and the creation of Section 32 of Article XII of the State Constitution to expand the availability of the property discount on the homesteads of veterans who became disabled as the result of a combat injury to include those who were not Florida residents when they entered the military and schedule the amendment to take effect January 1, 2013.