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News May 12, 2011 - 10:02 PM

Soldiers’ property tax interest waived by senate bill

By CT Senate Democratic Caucus

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HARTFORD, CT - Today Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford), Senate Chair of the legislature’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced the passage of two pieces of legislation in the Senate for the benefit of Connecticut’s soldiers and military veterans. One would extend Connecticut towns’ ability to waive property tax interest owed by members of the armed forces deployed overseas. The other would waive the death certificate fee for family members of deceased veterans.

“As the men and women of our nation’s military continue to fight two wars overseas, they deserve all the help we can give them here at home. Soldiers defending our country abroad shouldn’t have to come home to a property tax bill that’s been accruing interest all throughout their service. In recognition of our soldier’s sacrifice, today’s bill will make sure that doesn’t happen,” said Senator Leone.

Senate Bill 377 would expand current law to allow towns to waive interest owed on property taxes for members of the military serving in Afghanistan. Presently, only armed forces members serving in Iraq or the Middle East qualify for the tax waiver, a geographic region that excludes Afghanistan.

“Obtaining a death certificate is often a key step in unlocking life insurance policies and other benefits for a veteran’s surviving family members. By waiving the fee, we can ease the financial and bureaucratic headaches our military families must face in a time of grief,” said Senator Leone.

Senate Bill 1069 will waive the $20 fee for one certified copy of a veteran’s death certificate, upon request of a deceased veteran’s spouse, child or parent. The bill defines a veteran as anyone honorably discharged from the United States armed forces.

Both bills now move to the calendar of the House of Representatives to await further action.

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