Hildenbrand tax relief legislation for disabled veterans passes Senate

Legislation designed to ease the costs of homeownership for Michigan’s disabled veterans and their spouses was approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday, said bill sponsor state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand.

Senate Bill 352 would simplify and broaden the current property tax exemption provided to our honored disabled veterans and their spouses.

“Today the Michigan Senate acted to recognize the significant needs facing our disabled veterans,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “By passing this legislation we are one step closer to providing the tax relief necessary for these veterans to be successful homeowners. This legislation improves the currentproperty tax exemption by streamlining the process and guaranteeing this benefit to those veterans that qualify.”

Hildenbrand was first alerted to the need to revise the existing law when he was contacted by the widow of a disabled veteran who had been denied this property tax exemption. Due to the interpretation of the existing state law by both the local unit of government and the Michigan Tax Tribunal it was clear that changes were needed.

“There are roughly 82,000 disabled veterans living in Michigan,” Hildenbrand said. “We must ensure that our veterans are treated with open arms once they return home to Michigan. Many times the disability they received in battle makes gainful employment difficult – if not impossible. This exemption recognizes that fact and provides critical financial assistance that can be used to make homeownership a reality.” 

Hildenbrand legislation provides tax relief for disabled veterans

LANSING— Legislation designed to ease the costs of homeownership for Michigan’s disabled veterans and their spouses was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday, said sponsor state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand.

Senate Bill 352 would simplify and broaden the current property tax exemption provided to these brave men and women.

“Michigan’s disabled veterans have served our state and nation valiantly and selflessly,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “We owe our freedom to these individuals and should provide the tax relief necessary for them to be successful homeowners. This legislation improves the current property tax exemption by streamlining the process and guaranteeing this benefit for these veterans and their spouses.”

Hildenbrand was first alerted to the need to revise the existing law when he was contacted by the widow of a disabled veteran who had been denied this property tax exemption. Due to the interpretation of the existing state law by both the local unit of government and the Michigan Tax Tribunal it was clear that changes were needed.

“There are roughly 82,000 disabled veterans living in Michigan,” Hildenbrand said. “We must ensure that our veterans are treated with open arms once they return home to Michigan. Many times the disability they received in battle makes gainful employment difficult – if not impossible. This exemption recognizes that fact and provides critical financial assistance that can be used to make homeownership a reality for these veterans.”
 

Hildenbrand to advocate for additional funds for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Sen. Dave Hildenbrand will push for additional funding for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans to meet the needs recently outlined in a state auditor general report.

Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, offered the following statement on working to secure funds:

“The recently released audit of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans identified some critical areas of need at the Home.  As we continue our work on the state budget, I will be actively pursuing an additional $725,000 in the Military and Veterans Affairs budget to meet these needs. 

“These areas include adequate psychiatric care, better utilization and inventory of food and medication, and better management of donated goods to the home.  This will ensure that the home has the financial resources necessary to improve care for our veterans and to address these identified areas of improvement. 

“I have discussed the additional funding with the chair of this budget in the Senate, who has expressed support for this effort.  With limited dollars and many requests, this won’t be easy, but financially supporting our veterans should be a top state funding priority. 

“We owe it to our veterans to improve the services at the home, and I will continue to advocate on their behalf.”