On Monday, Vickie Sanders, second deputy treasurer and back tax department supervisor, presented an unsuspecting Hunt with the receipts of her property taxes, paid in full.
“I think anything we can do to help our veterans or their spouses, we should do,” Sanders said. “They’ve given the ultimate sacrifice.”
With teary eyes, Hunt examined the black and white figures that meant a huge financial burden had just been solved for her.
“I’ve never had help before,” she said, “but this bill isn’t just for me; this is for other people.”
Though the exemptions are in place for widows in other states, the current bill drafted by Mike Reynolds and Bercheen could put Oklahoma on the map along with those other states, including Florida, Washington, Texas and Arizona.
The classification of the event as an act of workplace violence and not an act of terrorism played a part in the difficulties of determining concrete exemptions and rules in the Fort Hood situation.
“Nothing is ever going to be better unless you work toward it,” Hunt said. “All of the things that are in effect now are because of people in the past that brought it to attention.”
Hunt said she hopes this bill is a step to getting help for other widows enduring the same problems.
Despite receiving some negative feedback from people in the community on social media and other websites, Hunt said she plans to keep spreading the word.
“I’m very thankful that Jim and everyone else could come together and help me with this,” she said. “I just hope that the rest of this will work out for the future.”
Though the bill has not been heard yet, it is scheduled for the last week of session.
Reynolds said he hopes the bill can help future situations.
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