Analysis: Property tax relief that doesn’t lower your tax bill
Texas lawmakers tried to lower property tax bills during their 2019 session, and a new report says they put a dent in the problem: Taxes aren’t rising as quickly as they would have. But they didn’t solve it: Property taxes are still rising.
Analysis: Texas government’s favorite local tax
State lawmakers will tell you they hate property taxes as much as anyone. But the state itself doesn’t levy the tax — local governments do. And lowering it in a meaningful way would require state officials to raise taxes or cut programs. For them, talking about it is easier than doing something.
A year after feds allocate funds, Texas launches program to help homeowners avoid foreclosure because of COVID-19
Twenty-five states, including California and New York, preceded Texas in getting federally backed programs up and running to help homeowners suffering financial hardship because of COVID-19.
More Texas voters unhappy than satisfied over power grid, abortion and property taxes, UT/TT Poll finds
Most voters approve of using state money to add border barriers between Texas and Mexico. But 57% disapprove of a new abortion law’s provision allowing lawsuits against people who help someone get the procedure.
Texas voters will decide whether to lower their property tax payments after Legislature completes last-minute Hail Mary
If voters approve the measure next year, it will raise the state’s homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000 for school district property taxes, netting the average homeowner about $176 in savings.
Gov. Greg Abbott adds property tax relief, bail to special session agenda
Abbott has faced pressure from his right to prioritize property tax relief. One of his challengers in the Republican primary has slammed him for not including it earlier in the agenda, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called it his top priority this session.
Bexar County commissioners approve ‘symbolic’ property tax cut
Commissioners voted 3-1, with one abstention, to cut the tax rate for the county’s portion of property tax bills from $0.301097 to $0.299999 for every $100 of valuation. That equates to somewhere between a $3 to $4 savings a year for the average homeowner, staff said.
Cash-strapped property owners in Bexar County face June 30 tax deadline
SAN ANTONIO As if paying the mortgage and grocery bills is not challenging enough for people whove lost jobs and income, many now face a June 30 deadline to pay their property taxes. How am I going to pay my property taxes? said Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti. Seniors, the disabled, and disabled veterans struggling to get by also can get a 180-day property tax deferment. To lower property taxes, property owners should make sure they are receiving all of the exemptions they are due, such as homeowners exemption, disabled veteran and over 65. For 2020 taxes, property owners can appeal their appraisals, potentially easing future tax burdens.
How property taxes have changed, skyrocketed in San Antonio neighborhoods
We talked to local homeowners and experts, looked at data and even played with Legos to break down all you need to know about property taxes. Bexar County property valuesTheres a reason youve been reading so much about property taxes lately. Property values in San Antonio and Bexar County have been rising. We requested information from the Bexar County Appraisal District, breaking down the average residential property appraisal in 2014 and in 2019 by ZIP code. City study on property appraisal processThe city of San Antonio is reviewing how the Bexar County Appraisal District operates.