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Texans Should Not Expect Property Tax Relief as Response to Pandemic  print page

by: Rep. Lopez, Ray
04/17/2020

San Antonio, TX - The CoVID-19 Pandemic has thrust our state and nation into a brave new world. Unlike ever before in our lifetime, we’re faced with instability and unrest on an unprecedented scale. While countless individuals are working around the clock to mitigate the negative effects of the Coronavirus outbreak, many institutions and government entities have enacted measures aimed at relieving some of the burdens brought on by this pandemic e.g., medical costs, utilities, and nutritional needs.

Unfortunately, when it comes to property taxes, our state leadership has indicated that it is not inclined to offer any relief to Texans. Comptroller Glenn Hagar has made it clear he is not able to defer taxes for one industry and not another. The 2020 valuations are based on the January 1st appraisal and the tax code does not allow the flexibility to recognize current economic turmoil. Rising property taxes have been a major concern in the Lone Star State, and it’s disheartening to know that citizens cannot expect any property tax relief as a response to the CoVID-19 pandemic. On April 10th Attorney General Ken Paxton gave an opinion that the disaster exemption included in House Bill 3, last sessions’ school finance and property tax bill does not apply to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I will continue to work for a legislative remedy that will benefit property owners and work towards economic recovery in Texas. Fortunately, there are exemptions available that residents can receive now, i.e., homestead, disability, senior, etc. These exemptions are not automatic and must be filed for with the individual’s County Appraisal District. The deadline for some exemption applications is April 30th, so I encourage everyone to visit www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes more information and important notices regarding property taxes. The Bexar County Appraisal District can be contacted at 210-242-2432.

The Bexar County Appraisal District will begin mailing notices to property owners in late April. The protest deadline is May 15 or 30 days after the notice is mailed, whichever is later. If
you need help getting your exemption application process started, you can also contact my office at (210) 684-5419 or at District125.lopez@house.texas.gov. The full toll of the Coronavirus may be immeasurable. However, we must continue to face this challenge with, intelligence, patience, and courage.

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