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Published on March 04, 2024
San Antonio Hosts Property Tax Aid Workshops to Empower Homeowners with Savings StrategiesSource: City of San Antonio

In a proactive measure, the City of San Antonio is offering assistance through workshops designed to help residents understand and potentially lower their tax bills. As per Fox San Antonio, a Virtual Property Tax Help Session, in partnership with Texas True Tax and other local entities, was scheduled for Monday to walk homeowners through the process of tax savings.

The virtual session aimed to clarify available exemptions and the appeal process of property tax assessments with the Bexar County Appraisal District. After filing their taxes, homeowners spinning into confusion often miss out on what could lead to substantial savings. The deadline for appealing to the Bexar County Appraisal District was set for May 15. For those who need the human touch, one-on-one consultations are on offer throughout May, though only at in-person sessions.

Veronica Garcia, the director of the City's Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, highlighted the city's commitment to affordability. "When property taxes are a financial burden, we want to prioritize connecting families to resources that help them understand their tax bill and options," Garcia told sa.gov. Coinciding with these sessions is the San Antonio City Council's decision to double the homestead property tax exemption to 20 percent, further easing tax pressures on homeowners.

Gearing up for tax time, homeowners walking away with new knowledge about exemptions can also apply on the spot at the events, helped, in the order of their arrival, by Bexar County Appraisal District representatives and the Tax Assessor's Office staff. The latter are available to explain payment plans, ensuring that before tax day, homeowners are equipped with vital financial knowledge. Interpreters for Spanish and American Sign Language will be available at each session, ensuring the services are accessible to all. For the full list of workshops and related resources, residents can visit the Neighborhood and Housing Services Department's Property Tax Help webpage.