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The Source: Judge Wolff To State, Mind Your House Before You Criticize Ours


County Judge Nelson Wolff is reacting to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's claim that property taxes in Bexar have are too high when compared to the median household income. Speaking Monday on TPR's The Source Wolff said Patrick is wrong.

"We froze properly taxes for homeowners over 65 years old - eligible spouses and disabled residents - that brought it down four percent. What else he does not make clear is that the large percent of the tax levy came from the 344 thousand new residents in Bexar County since that period of time. But if you look at the existing tax payers what their property tax went up was roughly the rate of inflation over that ten year period."

Forcing Texas counties to lower their property taxes could be an objective for Patrick in the next legislative session. Wolff said one way to accomplish that would be for the state to pay for unfunded mandates that are pushed onto the counties.   


  • Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge
David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi