by Ron Gregory
LOGAN — Senator Richard Ojeda’s new self-proclaimed publicist, David Graham, claims the senator is eligible for a Homestead Exemption due to his military service.
Graham, rejected as a candidate for house of delegates himself, says the Corridor Chronicle has it all wrong when it comes to the exemption.
Apparently, under Graham and Ojeda’s definition, all veterans should be eligible for the discount. How many veterans, under age 65, out there are missing out on this “military exception”? And where is that “exception” spelled out in the West Virginia Code?
The masters of verbal illusion, which used to include Chris Stratton before Ojeda brought in Graham, take a portion of the code that speaks of military services working in lieu of physically living in the county to verify this “exception.”
We urge all veterans to apply today at the Logan County Assessor’s office for their exemption. What is good for one is great for all.
Even to one without a $70,000 legal education, is there something vague about who “claimants” are in this code citation?
CHAPTER 11. TAXATION.
ARTICLE 6B. HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION.
This article is enacted to implement the amendment to article X, section one-b of the constitution increasing the ad valorem property tax homestead exemption, which was ratified by the people at the general election held on the fourth day of November, one thousand nine hundred eighty.
For purposes of this article, the term:
(1) “Assessed value” means the value of property as determined under article three of this chapter.
(2) “Claimant” means a person who is age sixty-five or older or who is certified as being permanently and totally disabled, and who owns a homestead that is used and occupied by the owner thereof exclusively for residential purposes: Provided, That: (1) If the property was most recently used and occupied by the owner or the owner’s spouse thereof exclusively for residential purposes; (2)the owner, as a result of illness, accident or infirmity, is residing with a family member or is a resident of a nursing home, personal care home, rehabilitation center or similar facility; and (3) the property is retained by the owner for noncommercial purposes, then the owner of that property may continue to claim a homestead property tax exemption on the property.