Colorado voters showed strong support Tuesday for a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would extend an existing property tax exemption to the spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty or from a service-related injury or illness.

About 88% of the votes tallied by 7:40 p.m. Tuesday were in favor of the amendment, with about 12% voting against, according to unofficial results from the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. About a million votes had been tallied by 7:40 p.m.

If approved by 55% of voters statewide, the constitutional amendment would exempt Gold Star spouses from 50% of property taxes on the first $200,000 of a qualifying resident’s home value. A home valued at $150,000, for example, would be taxed as if it were worth $75,000 under the exemption.

According to the state blue book, approximately 490 Coloradans would become eligible for the exemption next year should it be extended.

Proponents say the tax break would help support the surviving spouses of servicemembers who died in the line of duty and help ease the financial burden of the loss.

Opponents point out that the measure only helps homeowners, and was originally attended to help disabled veterans who have limited work opportunities.

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