The deadline to protest property taxes is May 15, 2019, two weeks earlier than it has been for the last 40 years, and, according to Bexar County Chief Appraiser Michael Amezquita, homeowners should definitely protest.
“Make sure you protest your property every single year,” he told dozens of people at a public forum at the Arizona Cafe on South General McMullen on San Antonio's West Side.
Amezquita said homeowners could save thousands of dollars through tax exemptions they don’t even know they qualify for, such as the homestead exemption, over 65 and disability exemption, and exemptions for veterans with disabilities.
People who don’t qualify for exemptions may alternately qualify to have their property brought before the Bexar County Appraisal Review Board, an independent body that will look at evidence being presented and determine whether any changes should be ade to a property appraisal.
“You should understand, just because your value goes up doesn't mean your taxes have to go up. It generally does because we don’t see a lot of tax rates being lowered, but the tax appraisal value in and of itself doesn't drive what your tax due is,” he said.
Protests and exemptions can be done directly through the Bexar Appraisal District office in person or online. All work done through the office is free, aside from minor clerical fees, such as extra copies of paperwork.
“Please don’t pay anybody to file an exemption for you,” he said.
Watch video of the event for more tips on how to protest property taxes and find exemptions. Scroll down for a link to our special section on property taxes with lots more information.