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State Lawmakers Considering Tax Breaks For Relatives Of Slain First Responders

Some Republican state lawmakers are preparing to propose legislation  giving tax breaks to the surviving spouses of first  responders killed in the line of duty. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Republican Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo says he’s been working with lawmakers to draft a bill that would give the spouse of a police officer, firefighter or paramedic who died on the job a 50 thousand dollar property tax break until the spouse dies or marries again. As a local official, Mingo says he might expect some of his colleagues could raise concerns about the cost, which he estimates to be about 150 thousand dollars a year.

“Given the sacrifice of our first responders, no matter the cost, we should be willing to pay it.”

Mingo also backed a plan to give a property tax break to disabled veterans. Since it passed in 2014, he says it’s cost the state less than a half a million dollars.

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