Bexar County

The Bexar County Housing Authority has made more than $500,000 worth of questionable purchases with public dollars, according to the Inspector General at the U.S. Deptartment of Housing and Urban Development. 

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The Bexar County Clerk says he’s ready for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would lift the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling could come as early as Monday morning. If that happens, Bexar County is 

ready to immediately grant marriage licenses and speed-up the matrimonial process for couples. 

Bexar County Clerk Gerry Rickhoff has been in office about 20 years. He generally presides over the process of granting marriage licenses for heterosexual couples four or five times a week. Rickhoff is now prepared to do the same thing for same-sex couples, if the Supreme Court rules Texas and other states must grant marriage licenses.

Susan Snow

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County have received word that the International Council on Monuments and Sites — or ICOMOS — has recommended to the World Heritage Committee this week that the San Antonio Missions should receive a World Heritage Designation.

An ICOMOS evaluator had come to San Antonio last fall to inspect the Missions’ site for authenticity and integrity. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said she learned of the recommendation just before the announcement became official on Monday.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

A lot of Bexar County property owners say they're in shock after getting their property appraisals in the mail this week. The values of area homes are going up, which, in turn, means higher taxes are on the way. If someone isn’t planning on selling their home, they aren’t going to be happy.

Higher Taxes Loom With Rising Property Values

May 1, 2015

Local homeowners are suffering sticker shock after seeing a double-digit percentage increase in the appraised value of their property. Residential real estate values are up an average of 11 percent this year in Bexar County, a reflection of the area’s sizzling housing market. That’s on top of a 7 percent increase last year, which snapped a string of years with flat or falling assessments.