WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Commissioners passed an ordinance Tuesday that establishes a property tax credit for the spouses of fallen law enforcement officers and rescue workers.
The credit will be available to the spouses of law enforcement or correctional officers who die as a result of, or in the course of, their employment. It also will apply to the spouse of anyone who dies while in the active service of a fire, rescue or emergency medical service, unless the death was the result of the individual's own willful misconduct or abuse of alcohol or drugs.
The credit will pay for the county portion of the property taxes imposed, from the current fiscal year forward, on the spouse's home, as long as the spouse does not remarry. The home must have been owned by the fallen officer or rescue worker at the time of his or her death or have been purchased by the spouse under certain circumstances.