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Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened the 2017 Regular Session at noon on Wednesday January 25th. Representative Nelson Dollar (R-Wake) filed the second bill of the session along with Representative Jason Saine (R-Lincolnton), Representative Jon Hardister (R-Guilford), and Representative Rena Turner (R-Iredell). House Bill 2, Provide Property Tax Relief will increase the current homestead exemption for North Carolina veterans that are 100% disabled and be extended to their surviving spouses. The homestead exemption will also be extended to First Responders who have fallen in the line-of-duty including firefighters, search and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers, and emergency services.
“I am pleased to file legislation that will honor the service of our disabled veterans and the sacrifices of our First Responders. These men and women are heroes in our communities, and this bill will benefit them and their families,” Dollar said after filing the bill.
“We have a duty to support our first responders and their families, ” Hardister said. “These are people who risk their life every day to protect us. I am honored to be a sponsor of this bill, which will provide the family of first responders with assistance during difficult situations.”
Rep. Saine is a former firefighter and has been a longtime supporter of our heroes. He went on to say that ”this legislation is a priority for the 2017 session, and I’m happy to take part in advancing the well-deserved care and support for our emergency services personnel and their families.”
“This was an incredible opportunity to be involved with and I believe this will have overwhelming support from both the House and Senate chambers,” said Rep. Turner.
This bill expands North Carolina’s current property tax relief for disabled veterans and will now include the spouses of first responders who die in the line of duty. Similar legislation was passed with overwhelming support by referendum in 2016 in Virginia.