Bexar County

Bexar County
10:39 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Monthly Tax Payment Plan Coming Soon To Bexar County

Bexar County

Bexar County property owners will soon be able to pay their property taxes on a monthly basis rather than waiting until the end of the year in a move that should make things easier for people on fixed incomes. 

Seniors and disabled property owners have been able to use a four-payment program, paying smaller payments to the tax office from January through July.

Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector Albert Uresti said most property owners who pay their taxes directly to the county have had only two options to pay their taxes: Once a year or in half-payments.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Bexar County Approves $5.5 Million To Help Flooded Espada Residents

The 100-year flood plain near Espada Road.
San Antonio River Authority

It’s been more than two months since the flood, and the process of recovery in the Espada area is moving forward slowly. The San Antonio River Authority has offered residents a few options, but so far no action has been taken.

SARA is offering Espada residents three options: A direct buyout, an option to remain on the property and rebuild their homes to flood standards, or Bexar County will buy a flood easement where owners would retain their property for agricultural purposes but live elsewhere.

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Business
9:19 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The Rim Avoids Foreclosure With $1 Million Tax Check

Bexar County

The Rim shopping center on the city’s Northwest side has avoided a sticky situation with its retail tenants by writing a $1 million check to Bexar County, which may be the largest single delinquent property tax payment collected in the county’s history.

The high-fashion shopping center on IH-10 draws thousands of shoppers every day, but even with all that money changing hands, The Rim has been in tax trouble for at least four years.

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2014 Election
10:50 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Bexar County Military Voters To Test Email Balloting System

Certain active-duty military personnel will be allowed to email their ballots in for voting in the Bexar County elections in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR

Bexar County has been selected by the state legislature to test a pilot program for email voting. For the first time next year, ballots will be sent and returned by email from 200-300 military members.

Voters eligible for the program will be able to cast ballots by email for the first time in the 2014 primary elections.

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Digital Library
9:14 am
Wed July 17, 2013

All-Digital Bibliotech Library Gets State Accreditation

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

The Bexar County Bibliotech all-digital library has passed another milestone on its way to a grand opening in September, receiving its official accreditation.

The accreditation from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will allow the new library to operate for its first year.

"They’ve been a wonderful supporter for us, very enthusiastic," said Bibliotech Project Manager Laura Cole.

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Bexar County Sheriff
9:22 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sheriff's Office Looking For Alternate Funding For Safety Equipment

In this photo taken by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marlon Sammy/Released, Thai and U.S. Marines train using combat tourniquets.
Flickr user III Marine Expeditionary Force/MCI Pacific

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau is looking for funds in other places after her office was denied almost $100,000 worth of equipment funding from a federal grant.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant is a fund to help state and local entities prevent or reduce crime and violence and is administered through the Justice Department.

The sheriff hoped to get some of the local funds to purchase vests, helmets, AR15 rifles, and shields for deputies in case of a violent incident at the civil or criminal courthouse.

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Lake Dunlap Water
4:52 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

SAWS Switches Water Source For Northeast Bexar County

Area of Bexar County affected by water switch.
SAWS

Residents in Northeast Bexar County will have a different water source for the next several weeks as the San Antonio Water System addresses water concerns from Lake Dunlap.

The affected area of customers are between IH-35 and IH-10, inside 1604 -- an area previously served by BexarMet. Those customers are now using Edwards Aquifer water for the time being.

SAWS Spokeswoman Anne Hayden said warmer weather in the shallow lake Dunlap caused algae to flare up.

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Criminal Justice
9:34 am
Mon July 8, 2013

County Developing Program To Fight Recidivism In Non-Violent Offenders

The old Toudouze Building on Comal St., which was used previously for a jail annex, will be built out in a campus-like setting to provide education and counseling services to repeat misdemeanor offenders.
Bexar County

Bexar County is moving ahead to the next step in their effort to reduce the number of non-violent repeat offenders in county jails, which costs the county millions per year.

The county’s re-entry program, which was proposed in a think-tank that met in San Antonio last year, now is getting a building and a curriculum.

The new center will be constructed in an old jail annex building down the street from the existing jail. Mike Lozito is designing the program according to the different needs identified by the committees in the re-entry council.

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Community
11:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Faces Of Drunk Driving Campaign Reminds Texans Of Safety During July 4th Holiday

Edward Jimenez holds pictures of his son, Matthew (on the right) and neighbor, 14-year-old Ricky.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The July 4th holiday is one with pool parties, barbecues and time spent with family, but according to the Texas Department of Transportation, it is also one of the deadliest holidays on Texas roads.

"This story reaches across races, genders, male, female, children are even impacted by drunk drivers and we just want to remind people if you're going to celebrate, take the time to plan ahead," said Robbi Smith of TxDOT. "Think about yourselves, think about your family members."

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Flood Recovery
10:10 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Corps Of Engineers Clears Mission Reach As Cause Of Espada Neighborhood Flooding

San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority’s real estate team is meeting with residents of the Espada neighborhood that was flooded during the torrential rainstorm in late May. Bexar County Commissioners are hoping there is something they can do to help the residents get re-settled.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report released this week found that the Mission Reach Project did not cause the devastating flood that poured four feet of water into some of the homes of the Espada neighborhood.

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