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Charter election backgrounder: Part 1

Posted March 3, 2016

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First in a series of articles about the May 7 City Charter election.

Residents will vote May 7 on recommended City Charter revisions dealing with the number of city councilmembers, terms of office, compensation and more.

An 11-member Charter Review Task Force examined numerous questions, including the number of councilmembers.

There currently are eight members plus the mayor. Due to Fort Worth’s population growth, the task force is recommending an increase to 10 members plus the mayor. The resolution appointing the task force called for the increase to become effective upon redistricting after the 2020 Census for a 2023 election.

The City Charter defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of city government. The city’s first home rule charter was adopted in 1924, establishing the city council/city manager form of government Fort Worth uses today. The charter has been amended 13 times since adoption, most recently in 2006.

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Responsible Pet Ownership Class: 9 a.m. May 28, 2016; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Control, 4900 Martin Street.
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Caffeinated Town Hall: 10 a.m. May 28, 2016; Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1544 Ellis Ave.
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Memorial Holiday - City Hall Closed: 8 a.m. May 30, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

DFW International Airport Board Retirement/Investment Committee: 12:30 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Operations Committee: 12:50 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Finance/Audit Committee: 1:10 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 1:40 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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Canceled Pre-Council Meeting: 3 p.m. May 31, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Canceled Council Meeting: 7 p.m. May 31, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Latino American Archives Exhibit: June 1, 2016,–Aug. 31, 2016; Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

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