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May 28, 2014

Tax exemption bill on Nov. ballot

NORMAN — A statewide vote is scheduled for the November ballot that, if approved, would exempt survivors of veterans killed or injured at military facilities from local property taxes.

House Bill 2621, according to the Oklahoma State Legislature website, lists NHB2621 as a constitutional amendment: exempt treatment for homestead of surviving spouse of certain persons injured at a military facility.

Sponsored by State Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, and State Sen. Josh Brecheen, R-Coalgate, the bill exempts surviving spouses of injured military personnel from Oklahoma property taxes.

“I’m confident it will receive at least 75 percent of the vote,” said Jim Reynolds, Cleveland County treasurer and brother of Mike Reynolds.

Reynolds has worked closely with his brother to get the bill in circulation since hearing about Jennifer Hunt, a widow who fell behind on property taxes due to misinformation about exemptions available in Oklahoma.

Passed through the House of Representatives on May 20, HB2621 will appear with one other state question in November. Because it is a constitutional change, the bill must pass a statewide vote.

Donors paid Hunt’s property tax bill last week, allowing the family to remain in the home.

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