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  • Chris Celeste
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    As you all are aware, the veteran exemption statute was amended last year to include more dates during the cold war. I recently received a message through the RIAAO contact page from State Representative Camille Vella-Wilkinson regarding a concern that some municipalities are not properly applying the exemption. Her message is as follows:

    “The RI General Assembly passed a law in 2021 regarding property tax exemptions for Cold War Veterans that is not being uniformly applied by RI municipalities. The Speaker of the House recommended I contact you to have a notice sent to all RI towns and cities directing compliance with the new law.”

    I responded and let her know I would get this message out to the members. I also suggested she call me to discuss any specifics. I will update this post if/when I hear back from her.

    Sarah Frew
    Keymaster
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    Chris, Do we know what is not being done properly? Is it some communities are now recognizing the amendment to the law?

    Chris Celeste
    Keymaster
    Post count: 39

    I did respond to Rep Vella-Wilkinson and asked if she would like to discuss specifics with me. I have not heard back, but if/when I do, I will post here.

    Chris Celeste
    Keymaster
    Post count: 39

    I received the following response from Rep Vella-Wilkinson:

    Thank you for reaching out to me regarding my concerns about the Veterans Exemption.

    Several veterans in different municipalities have contacted me to say their town/city will not honor the change in Veterans Property tax exemption. They are still enforcing the old standard therefore members of the National Guard,, reservists and peacetime vets are refused the benefit. One Solicitor informed me it was too high a cost to burden his City with. However, neither he nor anyone from the Administration testified or even wrote a letter in opposition to the Bill. Furthermore, they never contacted their delegation to object. They do not have the option to reject the measure which is voted into law.

    Speaker Shekarchi directed me to contact you regarding this matter.

    Salvatore Saccoccio
    Participant
    Post count: 20

    from what i understand, National Guard,reservists would only be eligible if they were on active duty at some point. in another forum discussion it was said that a law allowing Guard the exemption never made it to the House.

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