ANCHORAGE — Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation last week that would allow municipalities the option of providing limited property tax exemptions for law enforcement officers to live in areas of high crime and for spouses of disabled veterans.
HB 10, sponsored by Rep. Max Gruenberg, R-Anchorage, encourages law enforcement officers to live in high-crime neighborhoods by allowing local governments to exempt from property taxes the first $150,000 in value of a police officer’s home. The home must be in an area where the statistical crime rate is higher than for the municipality as a whole.
The bill also allows widows and widowers of disabled veterans to retain their municipal property tax exemption. Previously widows and widowers had been ineligible for the tax exemption until age 60.