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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 Human Relations Commission: 5:30 a.m. July 26, 2016; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Canceled Pre-Council & Council Meetings - Summer Break: 3 p.m. July 26, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Public Meeting: Botanic Garden Strategic Plan: 5 p.m. July 26, 2016; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.

City Plan Commission Work Session: noon July 27, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Board Work Session: 12:30 p.m. July 27, 2016; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. July 27, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting: 4 p.m. July 27, 2016; R.D. Evans Recreation Center, 3242 Lackland Rd..
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Urban Design Commission: 10 a.m. July 28, 2016; Pre-Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Partnering to Preserve the Spirit of Neighborhood: 5:30 p.m. July 28, 2016; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Joint Seal Maintenance Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. July 28, 2016; City of Fort Worth James Avenue Service Center, 5001 James Ave.

Kickback: 7 p.m. July 29, 2016; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 37th St.

Dive-In Movie at Forest Park Pool: 6:30 p.m. July 30, 2016; Forest Park Pool, 2212 Forest Park Lane.
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