you're not yet aware, District 10 has been working to implement a
City of San Antonio Homestead Tax Exemption for homeowners in San
Antonio. We've talked about it at your neighborhood meetings and
have have asked you to take a survey regarding the matter in our
newsletters. We've done quite a bit of research on this
initiative, and I'd like to share the results of that effort. You
can find all of this below under "The Cost of Living in
important, the yearly SASpeakUp Campaign is in full swing.
SpeakUp “squads” are present around the city, soliciting feedback
from our residents on what their budget priorities are for 2019.
The budget survey asks you where you would like the City to
allocate money in the General Fund for 2019, and offers you a
comment field for any other thoughts on the budget. If you think
it's time for San Antonio to have their own homestead tax
exemption, take the survey, online or
in person, and write in “We want a City of San Antonio
Homestead Tax Exemption” in the comment field.
of Living in San Antonio
City’s General Fund budget has grown from $852,277,006 in 2010 to
$1,097,609,770 in 2017. Our budget grows because our revenue
streams grow. As an example, our property tax revenue, CPS
revenue, and SAWS revenue all grew from 2008 to 2016 by $63
million, $38 million, and $3.4 million respectively.
revenues climb, the City of San Antonio continues to grow as an
organization. We are required by law to have a balanced budget,
so when our coffers fill, we must do something with that money.
Historically, we’ve put money back in city departments and
since 2010, the combined average monthly mandatory fees assessed
by the City have risen 32% to about $365 a year for the average
resident. These fees include the monthly fees for your trash
cart, storm water, and the environmental fees for solid waste and
add up all the SAWS rate increases Council has approved since
2010, our rates are now 50% higher.
time these fee or rate increases come before Council for a vote,
it is presented as a nominal increase that would not overburden
our residents. However, the data shows that these nominal
increases lead to a significant hit in our residents’ wallets.
Our goal is to offer a homestead tax exemption to help offset
these recurring increases.
great services to the residents of San Antonio, and I know that
there are costs associated with providing these services.
However, I believe we need to focus our resources on the true
core services that the City is mandated to provide to its
residents. This pattern of raising more money and spending it
outside of the core services concerns me. Why are we keeping the
surplus in taxpayer dollars, allocating them back into general
fund, but continuing to raise mandatory fees for City services?
Homestead Exemption on a $200,000-appraised home would save a
resident $111.65 a year, offsetting the total fees paid to the
City down to $253.39. A 20% exemption would save that same
resident $223.31, offsetting their yearly fees down to $141.73. As
you can see, we have the ability to help our residents continue
to afford living in San Antonio.
turns out, San Antonio is the only major city in Texas without a
homestead tax exemption. We are a proud city, always highlighting where we
excel or come in first, yet we cannot bring ourselves to join the
pack of other Texas cities in granting our residents relief.
a City of San Antonio Homestead Tax Exemption sends the message
that we are acting in the best interests of our taxpayers. A
homestead tax exemption says “Thank you for choosing to live here
in San Antonio.” Implementing this measure says we want to be the
best stewards of tax dollars and take what we need, not the whole
is now for a City of San Antonio homestead tax exemption.
you all for being active neighbors here in San Antonio. We
appreciate your continued interest, and hope to see you at an
Clayton Perry and the District 10 Team