The Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force resumed meetings yesterday at Municipal Plaza. Formed in 2017, the task force’s mission is “to assist with the development of a comprehensive and compassionate policy framework to address the pressing affordable housing challenges that our city faces with input from community stakeholders.” The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has participated in each of the meetings since the task force’s creation.
The focus of yesterday’s meeting was on home values and how they affect property taxes and a home’s affordability. Councilman Roberto Trevino (District 1) discussed efforts to improve homes and keep owners in them long-term by making improvements to overall maintenance expenses. Under One Roof is a City pilot program for disadvantaged homeowners started in District 1 that replaces old roofs of homes with lighter colored ones, which ideally reduces utility expenses. The University of Texas at San Antonio will track the data to determine the viability of expanding the program citywide.
Chief Appraiser of Bexar Appraisal District Michael Amezquita presented on the property tax process. Visit the Texas Comptroller’s website for an overview of the system.
The Task Force has announced the creation of five technical working groups which reflect the policy areas of focus:
- Providing housing for all, including special needs populations
- Developing and preserving housing for stable, equitable, and resilient neighborhoods
- Removing barriers to housing affordability and supply
- Identifying new housing funding and financing mechanisms, and
- Creating a transparent, coordinated housing system.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been asked to participate in the Removing Barriers to Housing Affordability and Supply Working Group, which will kick off later this month.
For additional information on the task force, please visit the City’s website at http://www.sanantonio.gov/HousingTaskForce.