Constitutional Amendment 2
To support disabled former POW veterans!
Proposed by the 95th Missouri General Assembly (First Regular Session 2009) House Joint Resolution 15. Go to http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills091/biltxt/truly/HJR0015T.HTM to read the full text of this proposed Missouri Constitutional Amendment.
Official Ballot Title: (The summary question you will see in the voting booth)
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to require that all real property used as a homestead by Missouri citizens who are former prisoners
of war and have a total service-connected disability be exempt from property taxes?
The number of qualified former prisoners of war and the amount of each exemption are unknown, however, because the number who meet the
qualifications is expected to be small, the cost to local governmental entities should be minimal. Revenue to the state blind pension fund may be
reduced by $1,200.
Fair Ballot Language: (Additional ‘clarification’ required by state law to be provided to voters by the Secretary of State’s office.)
A “yes” vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to exempt from property taxes all real property used as a homestead by any Missouri citizen who is a former prisoner of war with a total service-connected disability.
A “no” vote will not add this exemption to the Missouri Constitution.
If passed, this measure will decrease property taxes for qualified citizens.
Analysis: Missouri is home to many veterans of our United States Military. Those who have served in any of the various branches of military have done so at the risk of going to war and/or direct combat to defend your freedom to read this article. Over the years many men and women have faced tremendous horrors and/or shed their blood while a great many have died in defense of the freedoms that come from our constitutional republic and the Godly heritage on which it is built.
The false slogan ‘Peace is Patriotic’ is a lie. Peace is only the fruit of true patriotism. The real essence of true patriotism is Commitment and Sacrifice. Those who have made and kept that commitment deserve our praise and support. Those who have paid the cost of sacrifice have certainly earned more.
If “the labourer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7), then one who submits 24/7, gives up personal gain, keeps the commitment that is demanded of a soldier, and pays the sacrifice resulting in their becoming a prisoner of war and a total personal disability – is worthy of their hire also! And WE are the employer who benefits from their patriotism!
There are relatively few veterans in Missouri that fit this narrow definition that are alive to benefit from this exemption from paying property taxes. However, no matter how many or how few, we the free men and women of Missouri should be more than willing to corporately pick up the minor cost of supporting these heroes. We should, and I for one, are proud to invite all such heroes to come and live in our state. What a small cost to share in exchange for having these patriots to live in our neighborhoods and available to our children and grandchildren as living examples of the costs of freedom!
Please vote “YES” to support disabled former POW veterans!