Property Tax Information
WHAT ARE PROPERTY TAXES?
For property tax purposes, January 1 of each year is the effective date of the tax roll. A tax lien is automatically attached to all taxable properties on January 1 of each year to secure the tax liability. During the course of the year, there are several phases involved in the taxation process.
During these phases, appraisal districts identify and appraise all real and business personal properties. The governing bodies of the taxing jurisdictions adopt a tax rate to support their fiscal year budget. In the final phase, the Tax Assessor-Collector assesses and collects property taxes for each of the taxing jurisdiction(s) they are responsible for collecting.
The governing body of each taxing jurisdiction certifies their annual budget and adopts a tax rate that will generate the necessary revenue to pay for the services they provide to the public (e.g.: public schools, community health services, fire and police protection, streets, roads, flood control projects, etc.). In Texas, property taxes are the major source of funding for taxing jurisdictions. It is important to note that not utilizing their services will not exempt a property from taxation.
Prior to adopting their tax rate, the Texas Constitution requires the taxing jurisdictions to follow legislative guidelines and hold public hearings to discuss any increases in their proposed tax rate. These legislative guidelines allow citizens (in certain cases) to rollback or limit any increases in the tax rate. As a taxpayer, you are strongly encouraged to attend one or more of these hearings.
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The final phase of the taxation process begins on October 1 of each year. The Tax Assessor-Collector is responsible for assessing property taxes in accordance with the value and exemptions certified by the appraisal district, and rates adopted by each of the taxing jurisdictions.
Unless exempt by law, all real and business personal property are taxable. In addition to Bexar County and the Flood Control Fund, the Office of Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector, has a contractual agreement to collect and disburse property taxes for 66 separate taxing jurisdictions. All properties are taxed by Bexar County, Flood Control, Alamo Community College, University Health, San Antonio River Authority, and one of the independent school districts.
There may also be an additional tax for cities or towns and special districts. Pursuant with the Texas Property Tax Code, property taxes are due (with the exception of split or quarter pay accounts) on January 31st of the year following the year the taxes were imposed. The Tax Code requires that all past due accounts be assessed penalty and interest. If the tax notice is not requested by a mortgage company or agent, the statement will be mailed in October to the owner and address of record.
It is important to note that in accordance to Section 31.01(g) of the Texas Property Tax Code, the failure to send or receive a tax notice does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty, or interest; the due date; the existence of the tax lien; or any procedure instituted to collect the tax. It is also important to mention that accounts less than or equal to $15 are withheld until the aggregate (total) amount is greater than $15. If you ever fail to receive a tax notice or would like to request a duplicate, please feel free to contact our Information Center at 210-335-2251. You may also check your account balance by visiting our website.
You may obtain a more comprehensive overview of the taxation process by visiting the website of the Property Tax Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
The Bexar Appraisal District sets your property values. In Texas, appraisal districts are responsible for identifying and appraising properties for ad valorem purposes. In Latin, ad valorem translates into "according to value." Pursuant with the Texas Property Tax Code, properties are taxed according to their fair market value. For example, the tax on a property appraised at $10,000 will be ten times greater than a property valued at $1,000.
In the event a property owner disagrees with their assessed value, a protest may be filed with their appraisal district. For additional information regarding the appeal process, please contact the Bexar Appraisal District at 210-224-8511 to speak to one of their appraisers.
As a property owner, your most important right is your right to protest your assessed value. The deadline each year is May 15th or 30 days after the notice is mailed, whichever is later. Additional functions of the appraisal district are to determine the current ownership, administer applicable exemptions, and calculate tax ceilings. As a property owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your property is listed accurately with your correct name, current mailing address, property description, and exemptions.
For corrections, please contact the appraisal district. Any corrections by their agency will be forwarded to the Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector. You may also download applications, forms, or additional information by visiting the Bexar Appraisal District website.
- Agricultural Rollback Estimate Request
- Automatic Payment Deduction Consent Form
- Bidders Certificate Application
- Check Replacement Affidavit
- Homestead Exemption
- Mobile Home Request
- Notice of Protest Form
- Personal Property Rendition
- PrePayment Enrollment Form
- Refund Application
- Tax Certificate Request
- Tax Deferral Affidavit Form
- Temporary Exemption Property Damaged by Disaster
- Transfer of Tax Lien Process
Property Tax Rates: Official Tax Rates & Exemptions for each year
Penalties & Interest: Information on property tax calculations and delinquent tax collection rates
Property Tax Calendar: Deadlines and important tax dates
Frequently Asked Questions: Information on taxes, paying taxes, and how to manage your taxes
Truth in Taxation Summary (PDF): Table of property tax rate information in Bexar County
Public Sale of Property (PDF): How to participate in a Public Sale of Property by Bexar County
Property Tax Search: Search for an account whose property taxes are collected by Bexar County
Overpayment Refund Search: Search accounts whose taxes are collected by Bexar County for overpayments
eStatements: For convenience, Taxpayers can now request to receive their Property Tax Statement via email
Online Tax Payments: Pay your property taxes online
Portfolios allow Taxpayers to group tax accounts together for easier review and payment.
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233 N. Pecos La Trinidad
San Antonio, TX 78207
P.O. Box 839950
San Antonio, TX 78283
Tax Help Tool
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Wednesdays, 8:00 am - 6:30 pmClosed on County Holidays
Albert Uresti, MPA, PCAC, CTOP
Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector
Lisa Anderson, PCC
Chief Deputy of Administration
Michael G. Cuellar
Chief Deputy of Operations
Jeffrey Acevedo, PCC
Director, Financial Reporting
Marilyn N. Gonzales
Director, Motor Vehicle Registration Department
Carlos J. Gutierrez, PCC
Director, Property Tax Department
Stephanie Y. Gonzales, PCC
Director, Public Information