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Old 04-29-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Hello all, I've been in SA for about a week now and have burned through multiple tanks of gas scouting all over the W/NW side. Truly eye opening as net surfing the city isn't nearly the same as driving it to see what's what.

We really enjoy the style of living in Boerne and found a great development close to Fair Oaks Ranch along the I10 corridor.

As part of my research I went to Bexar and Kendall tax sites to see what taxes apply where. On the particular home I'm interested in, I initially went to Kendall county to look up the tax info. My friend accidentally was still on Bexar county when he punched the same street in. This is when we discovered the multiple tax jurisdictions. A home I thought was only going to be about 5K in taxes wound up looking to cost 8700 in taxes!! Kendall was hitting up for Boerne ISD while Bexar was taxing for: Bexar CO RD & FLOOD, SA RIVER AUTH, ALAMO COM COLLEGE, UNIV HEALTH SYSTEM, BEXAR CO EMERG DIST#44, BEXAR COUNTY, BEXAR APPRAISAL DISTRICT.

I'm going to ask my realtor about this tomorrow but are there any hidden catches that I may not be factoring in as well? I had asked the sales rep in the development office about taxes during my walk through but I know that's not worth anything.

Does anyone leave near Fair Oaks Ranch that can speak to this?
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:11 PM
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You don't say what the Fair Oaks home is valued at, but property taxes at that level are certainly what you could expect for a home in the $275K-325K range in the city of San Antonio.

Remember that there is no state income tax in Texas.
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Old 04-29-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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From what you've written, that sounds about right if the house is physically in Bexar County but uses Boerne ISD. The area right around Shertz is in the same boat.

Of the things you've listed, nothing is duplicated. ISD is separate from all the other infrastructure type taxes. People do make the mistake of thinking they can buy much more house for their money and forget about the tax situation here.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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Doesn't San Antonio "own" like one road and part of the land on the side of the road, that runs through Fair Oaks Ranch?
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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From what you've written, that sounds about right if the house is physically in Bexar County but uses Boerne ISD. The area right around Shertz is in the same boat.
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that should say "similar" rather than same: school district straddling two counties.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:37 PM
 
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AFAIK, the city of San Antonio doesn't 'own' anything in Fair Oaks.

It is county taxes. And yes, if you live in Bexar county but Boerne ISD you pay Bexar county taxes and BISD school taxes. Fair Oaks encompasses 3 different counties; Kendall, Bexar, and a tiny triangle of Comal. The tax rate for Kendall is a little lower, or at least was when we moved 3 years ago.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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Default How are property taxes calculated?

For example, looking at the Bexar County 2011 Official Tax Rates & Exemptions, I see a big disparity in the apparent tax rates of various localities, and I see other items (like "Flood Fund", "Hospital District", various "ISD"s and "Emergency Districts") that seem like they'd over lap. Of course all have "codes", but I can't see a key or map that would let me look at a given piece of property and figure out which "code(s)" apply. I find it a little tough to believe that a given home could have six or seven times the tax rate as another, and so am figuring I must be missing something!
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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This thread is relevant to my interests!

How do you find out all of the tax districts a property is in? How do you know you've found all of them, as opposed to having just checked resources you could figure out on your own but you never knew about the Endangered Titmouse Protection District?
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:23 AM
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This thread is relevant to my interests!

How do you find out all of the tax districts a property is in? How do you know you've found all of them, as opposed to having just checked resources you could figure out on your own but you never knew about the Endangered Titmouse Protection District?
They're all listed on the county assessment district web site listing for the property. In Bexar County, check out Bexar Appraisal District.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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They're all listed on the county assessment district web site listing for the property. In Bexar County, check out Bexar Appraisal District.
Yes, I've seen that page. But I don't see how to find out which district(s) a given address is in. The search is by name or by neighborhood, neither of which would help me.

Is there a map that would show overlays of all of the districts?
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