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Old 04-24-2013, 06:26 AM
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I am browsing through property listings. As I move northwards along I10, I stumble into houses that are listed in Boerne.

Wow, what a big difference in property taxes. For the same assessed value, the tax can be halved in Boerne compared to San Antonio. The 2 houses could be just across the highway from each other!

My question is : do people choose Boerne over San Antonio because of property tax (assuming they are looking at around the same vicinity). What are the tradeoffs?

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:12 AM
Location: Boerne
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I think living in Boerne is fantastic. We have all the advantages of living in a small town but yet I am only about 35 minutes from Downtown SA (not at rush hour of course)
For instance yesterday I needed to renew my plates for my utility trailer, I parked about 50 feet from the courthouse, (and no I didn't have to search for a parking place there are always plenty) walked in gave the very nice lady my old license # she verified my name told me how much, I gave her the cash and in less than 2 minutes I was back in my car. In SA I would have still been driving around try to find a parking space or walking from the parking garage 3 blocks away. Also if you have children Boerne schools are excellent. We have an absolutely gorgeous new library with wonderful staff and volunteers and yes if you happen to forget your library card they will just maybe ask to see your drivers license or give you a wink, check out the books and say have a nice day. We even have a brand new movie theater which I have not as yet been in as yet but it is really nice on the outside, 11 screens on the inside and plenty of parking.
These are just a few of the things I like about Boerne plus there are lots of great German traditions like the music in the park in the summer and the lighting of the town for Christmas along the historic and scenic attributes makes Boerne a star in the hill country
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:18 AM
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Living inside the city limits of San Antonio raises the property tax rate from around 2.1 to around 2.7% in most cases. The .6% can be significant depending on the taxable value of the property.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:31 AM
Location: Boerne area
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It depends on the county; Bexar county taxes are higher than Kendall, and the county line is toward Boerne.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:01 AM
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If I were in that situation I would choose Boerne!
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:42 PM
Location: Boerne, Texas
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It's hard to beat living in Boerne, especially if you work along the I-10 corridor. Taxes are significantly lower - being in Kendall County will bring many benefits in addition to taxes. There are areas that are in the Boerne school district that are in Bexar County too, but their taxes are higher. If you don't mind being on a well, you can live just outside Boerne, in its school district but not pay city of Boerne property taxes - I prefer city water and services, though. The schools in Boerne are exceptional and the housing choices are abundant.

The trade off is that homes in Boerne cost a decent amount more than in San Antonio because it is such a desirable area and the schools are great. That said, several tract home communities (these didn't exist in Boerne 10 years ago) have popped up and offer a lower cost of living typically in the $200k to $400k range. There are smaller custom homes in the $300k+ range, but most custom homes in the area are $500k to $2mm.
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