Resolution offers tax exemptions for spouses of fallen soldiers

The House passed 99-0 a joint resolution bill today that offers tax exemptions for spouses of soldiers killed in action. The bill provides a real property tax exemption for their primary residence.

This bill adds to the current legislation that provides tax exemptions for spouses of any veteran with a “one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability.” HJ 551 extends these rights to the spouses of soldiers killed in combat.

“This is one of those do the right thing bills,” said Del. David Ramadan, R-Loudoun, chief-patron of the bill, during session today.

HJ 551 had passed unanimously through the constitutional amendments subcommittee (5-0), and it had been reported to the house with a 22-0 vote from the Committee on Privileges and Elections last week.

Before its passing in the session today, an amendment was added to the bill that changed the wording of the bill from “shall” to “may,” giving local governments the final decision on whether to grant the exemption.

Although he said he had felt most of the localities would grant this exemption, Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, said during session he felt that the bill should be a local option rather than a state mandate because it was local money that would be used to pay for the exemption.

The bill helps those who gave the “ultimate sacrifice” for our country, Ramadan said.

The bill had 50 co-patrons and cross-party support including Henrico delegates Joseph Morrissey, D-Henrico, and John O’Bannon, R-Henrico.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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