Mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse today unveiled a taxpayer-friendly set of 90 days goals he plans to present to Council if he is elected in next month's runoff, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Brockhouse's proposals, called 'Action Plan SA,' includes a 'meaningful cut in property taxes in the 2020 budget.
“Action Plan SA is my pledge to San Antonio to stop studying our challenges and start taking immediate action,” said Brockhouse. “As your Mayor, in the first 90 days I will bring to City Council meaningful votes on our City’s top priorities. Over the next two weeks our campaign will be rolling out a series of commonsense solutions to our biggest challenges.”
He says property taxes are 'out of control' in San Antonio, and are the main priority of residents.
Other proposals include a citywide homestead exemption, and appointing a 'taxpayer representative' to the board of the Bexar Appraisal District.
He will also encourage Council to pass a resolution urging Gov. Abbott to include 'meaningful reforms in the appraisal process.'
“Property taxes are out of control and the current mayor has voted twice in the past two years against a property tax cut,” said Brockhouse. “San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the country with a budget in excess of $2 billion per year. We don't have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. The same people telling you we can't afford property tax cuts are the same people wasting $18,000 on curtains, going over budget by $75 million on Frost Tower renovations, and spending $12 Million on a raccoon bridge. The money is already there, we just need the leadership to make it happen.”
He also says the tax abatement process, which is used to encourage new employers, should be adjusted so it prioritizes existing business wanting to expand, instead of new businesses coming to the city.