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Rep. Anderson Proposes Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

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Capitol Building in Jefferson City/Credit: Scott Harvey

State Representative Sonya Anderson, whose district includes part of Springfield, is proposing a constitutional amendment to give disabled veterans tax exemptions. 

Anderson’s proposal would give veterans with combat-related disabilities a tax exemption from real and personal property tax. According to a release from Anderson's office, the exemption would be capped at $200,000, but would increase with the national inflation rate.

The amendment requires that veterans have a total combined disability rating of 80% or higher, a number determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The Missouri House and Senate will need to vote on the amendment before it can go to voters. If it passes through the legislature in the upcoming session, the amendment would appear on the November, 2020 statewide ballot.

According to a Cornell University disability status report, in 2015, just under a quarter of veterans in Missouri had disabilities relating to their service.

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.