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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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Canceled Disciplinary Appeal of the Termination of Dean Washington : 9 a.m. June 29, 2016; Training Room 623, 6th Floor, City Hall Annex, 908 Monroe.
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Fort Worth Advisory Commission for Ending Homelessness: 4 p.m. June 29, 2016; Southside Community Center, 959 East Rosedale Street.
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Firefighters' and Police Officers' - Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. June 29, 2016; Planning and Development Conference Room, Lower Level, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Officers Association Meet and Confer: 8 a.m. June 30, 2016; Multi-Purpose Room #1101, Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 505 W Felix St.
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DFW International Airport Board Regular Meeting: 8:30 a.m. June 30, 2016; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Headquarters Bldg., 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Glenmont, Wilkie Way, Winifred & Wonder Construction Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Westcreek Elementary School, 3401 Walton 76132.

10th Street Sidewalks & Bike Lanes Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Fort Worth Central Library - Chappell Room, 500 West 3rd St.

Titus Paulsel Park Playground Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 30, 2016; Sycamore Community Center, 2525 East Rosedale St.

Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority - Board of Directors: 8 a.m. July 1, 2016; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr.
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City Hall Closed - 4th of July Holiday : 8 a.m. July 4, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

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