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Published on Thursday, April 04, 2019

Councilman Pelaez Applauds Funding for First Ever Comprehensive Property Tax Study

CONTACT: Alina Kesl, 210-262-2274


SAN ANTONIO (April 4, 2019) — Today, City Council approved a contract with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. to provide a comprehensive study of local property tax appraisals.


“The saying goes that the only certainties in this world are death and taxes,” said Councilman Pelaez. “But that doesn’t mean paying your taxes has to be painful. The study I’ve requested and that was approved today seeks to compare appraisal districts across the State to ensure San Antonio residents aren’t shouldering more of the burden than necessary.”


“I commend Councilman Pelaez for his leadership in ensuring fair treatment of San Antonio residents in the tax appraisal process” said Councilwoman Ana Sandoval.


After postponement of this item in February to continue funding discussions with Bexar County Appraisal District (BCAD), the BCAD board has determined they will not be participating in partial funding of the study but will work with the City and the consultant collaboratively to provide access to necessary information.


The agreement with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. will include research and data collection from the Bexar County Appraisal District and other Texas appraisal districts, along with interviews from commercial and residential property representatives in San Antonio and other Texas cities. It also includes an analysis of appraisal and protest data. Phase two is optional based on the results of phase one, but would include an analysis of appraisals and potential economic impact to the City of San Antonio.

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