San Antonio Property Taxes Going Up in 2016

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San Antonio Property Taxes Going Up in 2016

San Antonio property taxes going up in 2016 for most residential property owners. Bexar County Appraisal District released the estimated tax bill information to property owners over the past few days. Lots of negative reaction in news reports about how citizens are feeling about the additional moneyBexar County Appraisal District HQ that will need be paid for the tax increase. See "Are San Antonio Property Taxes Outrageous?"


I think some of the terminology used by the Appraisal District contributes to citizen's negative reactions. For a residential property, the building or home is listed as an "improvement". Land without a structure is unimproved, so with this framework, a simple shed on a piece of land is an improvement.


The tax bill comes out with the phrase "Improvement Homesite Value". The response many homeowners have is they've done no improvement to the home since the last tax bill came out so why are their taxes more this year?


When it comes to property taxes, Texas is a state with the some of highest property taxes. See chart, below.

National Property Tax Chart

 Chart Source: "Comparing the Real Cost of Owning Property Across the United States", CoreLogic's Insights Blog (April 27, 2016)


Texas is in the category or states with highest property taxes but it is also the only state in the "Above 2%" category without a state income tax.


The value of property being taxed is based on many factors. Examples include property values, budget needs of the taxing units-city, county, school district, etc. In a growing metro area like San Antonio, it's hard to imagine a situation where property taxes will decrease much, if at all. The requirements for funding security, fire protection, public hospitals, public education, local roads, infrastructure, and many other things voters deem important are not decreasing. Unless the demand for government services is decreased property taxes will continue to rise.


There is an appeal process for property owners who choose to challenge the appraisal for their property. A number of people exercise their right to challenge. I read the number of appeals last year was over 60,000. I don't think they publish the results of those challenges.


San Antonio property taxes going up in 2016.  


Comments (8)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Wayne, it's funny that we never seem to hear about taxes going down do we?

May 08, 2016 03:56 AM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Wayne,  annual event here in California.  Thanks for sharing with us.

May 08, 2016 04:43 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Wayne Johnson 

Isn't is amazing...One way or another, the government always gets its taxes whether by property or by state tax...and sometimes, both 

May 08, 2016 07:20 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think they are going up almost everywhere Wayne, very dad. Have a great day so glad to here from you.

May 08, 2016 01:25 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Wayne,  I've always wondered what the tax rates were for other states.  Thanks You!!! for sharing this!  Much help!

May 09, 2016 11:36 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Wayne, Local residents complain every year about their property taxes being raised, but we all know the largest portions goes toward funding our public schools. Until Texas finds another way to fund our schools, I don't see property taxes coming down anytime soon.

May 20, 2016 03:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with area home owners.

Have an outstanding week!

May 25, 2016 03:43 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Wayne, This is unfortuantely a fact of life. Appraisal District's  always raise the appraised value each year. The biiger the county the smaller the chance a protest will do naything I think. 

Jun 06, 2016 07:30 AM