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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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FWTA Commuter Rail Committee: 3 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017; Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street, 2nd Floor, Community Room.
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FWTA Planning, Operations and Marketing Committee: 4 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017; Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street, 2nd Fooor, Community Room.
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FWTA Finance and Audit Committee: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017; Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street, 2nd Floor, Community Room.
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Animal Shelter Advisory Committee: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2017; Fort Worth Animal Care and Control Shelter, 4900 Martin Street .
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Canceled Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority Board of Directors: 10 a.m. Feb. 22, 2017; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Feb. 22, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Captial Improvements Advisory Committee for Transportation Impact Fees: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017; City Hall, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor, Council Chamber.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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North Hampton Street Water & Wastewater Improvements Project Meeting: 2 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017; Fort Worth City Hall, Water Department Conference Room 225, 200 Texas St.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board Work Session: 3 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting: 4 p.m. Feb. 22, 2017; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 23, 2017; City Hall, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor, City Council Conference Room 290.
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Black History Program at North-Tri: 10 a.m. Feb. 23, 2017; North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

Workforce Delivery Systems Committee: 11 a.m. Feb. 23, 2017; Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, 1320 S University Drive, Suite 600.
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Monthly Informational Forum for Minority Business Enterprises: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 23, 2017; James Guinn Building, Business Assistance Center, 1150 S. Freeway.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017; Tarrant Regional Water District, 800 E Northside Drive, Conference Room.
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Como Area Wastewater Improvements Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017; Como Community Center, 4700 Horne St.

Last day to register for Adult Softball: Feb. 24, 2017; Haws Athletics Center, 600 Congress St.

Kickback: 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 2017; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 37th St.

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