A growing number of advocates are demanding that the City of San Antonio stop using property tax exemptions to build housing, while Texas lawmakers have a similar debate in Austin.
Bexar Appraisal District officials are urging property owners to protest their appraisals using an online services portal amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s taxes are supposed to be based on commercial, industrial and residential property values at the beginning of the year. In some places hit hard by Covid-19 in the last two or three months, those values were higher then than they are today.
The Bexar Appraisal District wants to freeze property values, and therefore property taxes, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s first seeking permission from Gov. Greg Abbott to do so.
City officials continue to hammer out a policy that will offer eligible homeowners in certain neighborhoods an abatement on the city portion of their property tax bill, up to 10 years.
On Wednesday, our EngageSA series concludes with a one-on-one talk with Michael Amezquita, chief appraiser of the Bexar Appraisal District.
Property values in Government Hill, Dignowity Hill and Denver Heights, the three near East Side neighborhoods that have become case studies for gentrification in San Antonio, continue to climb.
Supporters of the provision, known as equity appeals, say it’s valuable for all property owners and stops taxing units from imposing unfair taxes.