State Representative Shawn Harrison has introduced HB 95, the Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act, into the Florida House of Representatives. This legislation will bring relief to the families of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty.
The Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act will grant full homestead property tax exemption to the surviving spouses of our brave men and women who paid the ultimate price in protecting Florida’s residents. Florida’s first responders deserve the comfort of knowing that their families will be protected. This property tax exemption already exists for our military families.
By relieving part of their financial burden, surviving spouses may continue to raise their families in the same home without worry of losing it due to property taxes. The property tax exemption will exist in the current home or may be transferred to a new home, unless the surviving spouse remarries.
“Our brave men and women, who protect our neighborhoods from crime, save us from fires, and provide emergency medical attention, are there when we need them. They are our heroes on the homefront and we need to be there for them,” Representative Harrison said. He continues, “I ask that my colleagues join me as co-sponsors in passing this bill. It isn’t a partisan issue; it is about doing what is right.”
Due to the financial impact of this legislation, it may need to be passed as a Joint Resolution (HJR 93) and placed before the voters as a constitutional amendment on the November 2012 ballot.
Many in the community have already given their support of this important legislation:
“On behalf of the law enforcement and detention deputies of the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office,” says Sheriff David Gee. “I wish to thank Representative Shawn Harrison for sponsoring the Fallen Heroes Family Tax Relief Act. This important legislation, if passed into law, will provide property tax relief for families of slain first responders killed in the line of duty. Representative Harrison’s legislation recognizes the lives and sacrifices of high-risk personnel whose lives are cut short in service to their community, and compassionately seeks to ensure their surviving families are able to remain in their homes.”