Property tax breaks proposed by W.Va. lawmakers

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Posted: Feb 16, 2012 10:44 AM
Property tax breaks proposed by W.Va. lawmakers

West Virginians may get a chance to vote on a pair of proposals aimed at easing their property taxes.

A House committee that reviews proposed constitutional amendments has endorsed two such measures.

One proposal would expand a break on real estate taxes that now mostly benefits low-income seniors. Each county would elect whether to adopt this addition to the so-called homestead exemption. A similar measure was debated during last year's session.

The other proposal would allow an active member of the military to avoid paying taxes on a personal vehicle while they're deployed out-of-state.

Both measures advanced Wednesday to House Finance. At least two-thirds of the House and Senate must each approve these measures for them to appear on the November 2012 ballot.