Three amendments on the ballot

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Today, voters will elect a member of the House of Representatives. Others will be choosing city officials like school board members.

There are also three constitutional amendments on the ballot this year.

It's those amendments that may catch unprepared voters by surprise as it's the first time any have been on the ballot since 2006.

The Board of Elections has been asking people to read up on them ahead of time - but we're on your side if you haven't been able to do that yet.

You will vote to decide if the elderly and disabled could possibly get a break on their property taxes.

One proposed amendment allows cities and counties to change the requirements for tax relief beyond what the state says the max is right now.

Many places, like Chesterfield and Henrico, already have similar programs in place - so the amendment may not have as big of an impact in localities already offering forms of tax relief.

The next amendment would exempt disabled veterans or their surviving spouses from the real estate tax.

The third would increase the size of the state's rainy-day fund.

In 2006, the constitutional amendment on the ballot was the hotly debated plan to ban same-sex marriage in Virginia.

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