Empowering Homeowners: SALSA’s Property Tax Protest Workshop Data Findings

Check out the data findings and highlights from our recent Property Tax Protest Workshops, organized in collaboration with the City of San Antonio: 

The workshops garnered a strong response, with over 837 households attending across Districts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, and 8. This demonstrates a genuine interest among homeowners to understand property taxes better and explore potential exemptions. During the ten sessions, attendees took charge of their tax matters, resulting in 136 protests and 137 exemptions filed on-site with Bexar County Appraisal District. Together, we are making significant progress in providing much-needed tax relief to eligible homeowners. 

Diverse Exemptions: The exemptions filed were diverse, including 88 Homestead, 22 Over 65, 4 Disability (non-vet), 11 Veteran/Disabled Veteran, and 12 “Other” exemptions. This inclusive approach ensures we cater to the unique needs of different eligible individuals. 

Knowledge Transformation: Pre-workshop surveys revealed that only 19% of attendees felt knowledgeable or somewhat knowledgeable about property taxes. However, after the workshops, an impressive 84% reported feeling knowledgeable or very knowledgeable.

Happy Attendees: Over 92% of attendees expressed satisfaction, reporting feelings of “happy” or “very happy” with the sessions. The overwhelming positive feedback showcases the impact of our workshops in engaging and benefiting participants. 

Diverse Demographics: The workshops attracted a diverse audience, with 44% of attendees being over 65 years old, emphasizing the importance of addressing property tax concerns for the elderly population. By reaching participants from different age groups and backgrounds, we foster an inclusive community engagement. 

Inclusivity in Ethnicity and Income: We are proud of the diverse representation at our workshops. Among the attendees, 60% identified as Hispanic/Latina/Latino, 28% as White, and 8% as Black or African American. Understanding the impact of property taxes on different economic groups, 57% of attendees self-disclosed a household income of $50,000 or lower, 27% had a household income of $50,000-$74,999, and 17% reported a household income over $100,000. 

Join Us as Legal Volunteers! To further expand the impact of our workshops, we invite you to become legal volunteers at our upcoming workshops on August 21 6PM-8PM (Meals on Wheels), August 28 6PM-8PM(South San High School), and September 16 10AM- 12PM (Phil Hardberger Urban Ecology Center). Your expertise will provide invaluable assistance to homeowners navigating property tax matters. Sign up on our event calendar or fill out our volunteer form.

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