The city of San Antonio is hosting 14 workshops citywide between February and May to help homeowners learn about exemptions and steps to submit an appeal to lower property taxes.

A news release said the free workshops will explain different exemptions available to homeowners and provide tips on how to prepare for an appeal with the Bexar County Appraisal District before the May 15 deadline.

An additional four workshops specifically focused on homestead exemptions will occur in the summer and fall. Homeowners seeking to file an exemption can get one-on-one assistance from legal experts at every workshop, the release said.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

  • Feb. 13: 5-7 p.m. Carver Library, 3350 E. Commerce St.
  • Feb. 20: 4-6 p.m. Mission Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave.
  • Feb. 27: 4-6 p.m. Maverick Library, 8700 Mystic Park
  • March 4: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd.
  • March 6: 5-7 p.m. McCreless Library, 1023 Ada St.
  • March 20: 4-6 p.m. San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 Enrique Barrera Parkway
  • March 27: 4-7 p.m. Ron Darner Park Headquarters, 5800 Enrique Barrera Parkway
  • April 3: 4-6 p.m. BiblioTech EDU, 626 N. Flores St.
  • April 10: 4-6 p.m. Cody Library, 11441 Vance Jackson Road
  • April 13: 2-4 p.m. Second Baptist Church Community Center, 3310 E. Commerce St.
  • April 17: 4-7 p.m. Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
  • April 24: 4-6 p.m. Walker Ranch Senior Center, 835 W. Rhapsody Drive
  • May 6: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lanier High School, 1514 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.
  • May 8: 4-6 p.m. Semmes Library, 15060 Judson Road

The city’s Neighborhood and Housing Services director, Veronica Garcia, said a homestead exemption is one easy way homeowners can save on their property taxes.

“Having tax experts and volunteers provide direct assistance at these free workshops helps our residents with property tax relief options,” Garcia said in a statement.

In June, City Council approved increasing the homestead exemption for residential property owners, as well as the exemptions for seniors and persons with a disability. A homestead exemption reduces the amount of annual property taxes homeowners owe on their legal residence, the city said.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said raising the city’s homestead exemption and exemptions for seniors and people with disabilities will help ease pressure resulting from high property tax bills.

“These free workshops can help bring much needed relief to households that may not be aware of how to take advantage of these property tax exemptions,” Nirenberg said in a statement.

Recommended documents to bring and Bexar County resources can be found at the Neighborhood & Housing Services Department’s property tax help webpage, the release said.

Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters will be on-site at each session to help with translation services.