Bexar County

Eileen Pace / TPR News

Going into the election, the quest for the Democratic nomination for Bexar County judge appeared to be a tight contest. But the mood of each camp told the story as soon as early voting results came in.

Even though the candidates knew the South Side of San Antonio is traditionally an election-day voting crowd, each seemed convinced of the outcome moments after the early vote tabulations crossed the computer screen at 7:15. 

"What a relief," said Nelson Wolff, the incumbent who was challenged for the Democratic nomination by Precinct 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

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The race to be the next Bexar County Precinct 4 commissioner is moving into a runoff election for both parties after no candidate could reach the 50 percent of the vote required to get their party's nomination.

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson held the seat for nearly 14 years and when he announced he was running for county judge it opened a floodgate of candidates to try and fill the vacancy.

Democrats:

Shannon Perez

In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.

“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat. 

“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.

“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”

San Antonio-Bexar County MPO

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the midst of its second round of public meetings to plan for the next 25 years of regional transportation needs.

With new census numbers bringing in large populations from surrounding areas, regional road planning is necessary to accommodate all the expected traffic growth from an additional 1.5 million residents by 2040. 

Bexar County Appraisal District

The Bexar County Appraisal District is being sued at a record pace this year. Appraisal districts tell you what your house is worth, its "fair market worth," which essentially tells you how much you owe in taxes. Property owners that feel they deserve to pay less can sue. The amount of property under dispute is worth $10 billion and growing. 

The district's valuations end up bringing tax revenue in for schools, roads and local governments. This has county officials worried. Last year a bill passed the Texas House, HB 585, further complicating things -- or strengthening them depending on where you sit on the issue -- by requiring a higher burden of proof by appraisal districts in subsequent years if they lose. 

The dispute stems from the Texas Constitution, which says that a property owner should not pay more taxes than other similar properties. Appraisal districts argue that owners of large properties, often commercial, are cherry picking properties from throughout the area that don't compare. The district, short on lawyers, says they are often forced to settle.  Property values are forced down making it easier to dispute future valuations, meaning a downward spiral for property taxes and funding for local infrastructure and schools. This is the appraisal district's nightmare scenario. Tax preparers and property tax lawyers argue this is their constitutional right. They don't agree that properties are cherry picked for their purposes. They believe that similar properties should be valued similarly and taxed accordingly. 

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