Constitutional Amendment A

Active Military Tax Exemption

Summary

Sponsor: Utah State Legislature

This proposed constitutional amendment would make a single change to an existing section of the Utah Constitution to allow military personnel and their spouses to more easily claim property-tax exemptions.

Currently, under Article XIII, Section 3(3)(c) of the Utah Constitution, active-duty military personnel (and their spouses) who are deployed out of state for 200 days in a calendar year or 200 consecutive days are exempt from paying property tax on their primary residence.

This proposal would change the required deployment period to 200 days in a continuous 365-day period, making it easier to qualify for the exemption when the service bisects two calendar years.

"YES" Vote Means

Active-duty military personnel and their spouses will qualify for a property-tax exemption if they are deployed out of state for 200 days in a continuous 365-day period.

"NO" Vote Means

Active-duty military personnel and their spouses will continue to qualify for a property-tax exemption if they are deployed out of state for 200 days in a calendar year or 200 consecutive days.

Argument in Support

This constitutional amendment would treat soldiers fairly. Regardless of whether their deployment occurred within a calendar year or overlaps two years, they would be able to receive a property tax exemption for serving 200 days. (Source)

Argument Against

There are currently no known arguments against this amendment.

If you are interested in submitting an official argument against Constitutional Amendment A, you may do so by filing a request to prepare an argument with the Speaker of the House. You can find more info on how to do so here.

This proposal was unanimously approved by both the Utah House (72-0) and Senate (26-0). As a legislatively referred constitutional amendment, it must be approved by a majority of voters on the November 2018 ballot. If approved, it will take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

This legislation, if enacted, is not expected to materially impact state revenue; nor is it expected to result in direct, measurable costs for local governments; nor is it expected to result in direct, measurable expenditures for Utah residents or businesses.

Opposition:

None identified

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