The owners of three properties in Bexar County are delinquent on their property taxes to the tune of more than $2 million combined, according to Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti.
Property taxes help pay for schools, police, libraries and more, and Uresti said most people pay their fair share.
"Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, 'Oh, boy, I get to go pay my taxes,'" Uresti said. “At some point we do have to collect taxes. It is our job.”
Uresti said No. 3 on the list of the top three delinquent accounts is the owner of Hunters Glen Townhomes, on Somerset Road, with a bill of $609,827.19.
No. 2: the owners of Willow Bend Apartments, on Potranco Road, with a bill of nearly $650,000.
The property owner with the highest delinquent tax bill is the owner of the Marbach Park Apartments, with an outstanding bill of more than $730,000.
"We want them to come in and pay their fair share just like the average good citizen out there," Uresti said.
He said the county is taking that delinquent tax case to court in March. "Our hope is to obtain a judgment, in which case as soon as we obtain a judgment we'll start pursuing it in order to try to collect the money from them," Uresti said.
The owners of The Dominion Park Apartments, on Fredericksburg Road, were at one time the biggest property tax debtors in Bexar County.
The tax assessor's office worked with the owners to collect more than $5 million in delinquent taxes.
“We had another one that we collected $1.2 million, another one that we collected $1 million,” Uresti said.
He said the property tax money is needed, especially by school districts. “Education for our children is always going to be the No. 1 taxing entity,” Uresti said. “That money is required to educate our children, you know, to build better schools, so we have to collect the money.”
In terms of providing for schools, if Hunters Glen pays its tax bill, North East Independent School District could buy three new buses.
If Willow Bend pays up, South San ISD could buy more than 2,000 school desks.
And if the owners of Marbach Park pay their bill, Northside ISD could buy over a thousand iPad minis for students.
Messages were left for the owners of the three apartment complexes owing the most in property taxes, but no calls were returned by the end of business on Jan. 27. The deadline for property tax payments in Jan. 31.