Permanently disabled veterans may be getting a tax break in Loudoun County.
The Board of Supervisors on Thursday voted unanimously to direct Commissioner of the Revenue Robert S. Wertz Jr. to study the fiscal impact of cutting the car tax rate for wounded warriors.
If the tax break is approved, starting in May 2017, permanently disabled veterans—that is, veterans who have lost the use of either or both legs, arms, or hands, or who are blind, and are certified by the Department of Veterans Services—will pay only one cent per $100 of assessed value on one of their motor vehicles. For everyone else, and for the rest of a disabled vet’s vehicles, the rate is $4.20 on every vehicle.
According to Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), there are about 280 veterans meeting those qualifications in Loudoun.
“We believe this would be a strong signal to the community of veterans and current members of the military that Loudoun County has their back,” Umstattd said.
“Other counties around us do this,” said Supervisor Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run). “It’s time we do it as well.”
Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) said it was the “right thing to do” and that he expects the fiscal impact will “prove to be quite minimal.”