San Antonio city council unanimously approves homestead exemption

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The San Antonio city council approved a .01 percent homestead exemption on city property tax bills Monday.

The measure passed unanimously in a special session.

The exemption will net the average San Antonio property taxpayer $28 in savings.

Despite the unanimous support, some members of the city council said there are some people in their respective communities who would rather that $28 be used for things like “more benches… and more barbecue pits.”

“I believe that most my constituents are willing to sacrifice their $28 a year in order to get these really great services,” councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said during the special session.  “And they will say, ‘But what did you do for me?’ They don’t care really about all of the other things that we do here on a daily basis.  They don’t care about the city staff, they don’t care about our staff.  What they want to know is ‘What did you do for me?'”

“I want to make clear today that I support enacting a $5,000 homestead exemption without a tax rate increase,” San Antonio mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement after the vote. “Homeowners have been asking for property tax relief. I intend to provide it for them with no strings attached.”

City staff used the meeting to also caution about declining revenues that could impact future endeavors the city council may wish to pursue on top of a property tax cap the Texas legislature approved earlier this year.

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