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Built for Life

by Donya Currie - 12/01/2011

U.S. Virgin Islanders who build or remodel their homes for easy access by people with limited mobility are now eligible for a 10-year, 20 percent discount on property taxes. The legislature unanimously passed the measure in October, and Gov. John deJongh Jr., D, signed it into law in November.

For years, AARP has urged lawmakers to adopt the "visitability standards" outlined in the law as a way to reduce the costs of long-term care and the need for more nursing home beds. To meet the standards, a home must have features such as a step-free entrance with a 36-inch door, 32-inch interior doors and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the first floor.

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