12 On Your Side: Property appraisals, recalls and saving on emergency preps

This week’s consumer roundup from Marilyn Moritz!

How property taxes have changed, skyrocketed in San Antonio neighborhoods

Viva Fiesta Friday, everybody!

I hope you’ve had a chance to soak up a little Fiesta fun and get your happy on. It’s refreshing to see the vibrant colors and smiling crowds again.

Heads up before you go to your mailbox tomorrow or in the coming days. The Bexar Appraisal District is mailing out notices today to every property owner revealing what is sure to be a shocker for many.

On average, the appraisals for single-family houses are up a staggering 27.8%. While it’s nice to think you live in a castle, paying more in property taxes can be a royal pain. Make sure you’ve claimed your homestead exemption if you live in the house. That will be a big money-saver on your school taxes. Make sure you’re claiming any exemption you’re entitled to, as well.  You can always file an appeal if you disagree with the new number. It’s pretty easy. You can do it all online if you want.

We try to keep up with recalls for you. A couple of Suave aerosol antiperspirants have been recalled because tests revealed the propellent had benzene, a human carcinogen. Unilever and the FDA say throw it out. We have information about a few more recalls here.

It’s spring storm season, so it’s a good time to think about flashlights, lanterns, phone chargers and even generators. And, mark your calendar for April 23-25 because that’s when you can buy many emergency supplies tax-free. It’s a great time to stock up on batteries. To find out what is and what is not subject to sales tax, check out the story here.

Enjoy the parades and your weekend.


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As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.