Columbus — Gov. John Kasich has signed into law legislation that will provide disabled veterans with an increased break on their property taxes.

House Bill 85 passed the Ohio House and Senate on unanimous votes just before lawmakers left the Statehouse for their summer recess, and the governor signed it behind closed doors last week.

HB 85 increases the homestead exemption total to $50,000 from $25,000 for military men and women with a "service-connected total and permanent disability" certified by the federal government.

There are no income eligibility requirements under the legislation, allowing an expanded exemption for any permanently disabled veteran who qualifies.

The homestead exemption was created more than four decades ago to reduce tax bills for seniors and is open to homeowners age 65 and older and to those who are "totally and permanently disabled" and their spouses.