Utah House OKs bill for deployed exemption

Feb 23 2012 - 11:58pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- If voters pass a constitutional amendment this fall, military personnel who are deployed will be exempt from paying property tax.

The House voted 62-7 in support of Senate Bill 116, sponsored by Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, and Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom, R-Orem.

The bill now goes to the governor for further consideration.

If voters approve the change, those in the military who are deployed 200 days or more and own their primary residence in Utah can opt out of paying property tax.

It would increase the property tax on those not deployed and not in the military between 80 cents and $1, Sandstrom said.

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