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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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Fort Worth Transportation Authority Board of Directors: 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2017; Community Room, 2nd Floor, Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street.
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City of Fort Worth Art Commission : 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2017; Room 201AB, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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Bridge Street Sidewalks Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 2017; East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.

Appeal of 2nd Promotional Bypass of Linda Sims : 9 a.m. Jan. 24, 2017; Conference Room 623, 6th floor, City Hall Annex, 908 Monroe .
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Joint Fort Worth City Council and Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund Board Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Jan. 24, 2017; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Notice of Public Hearing - Federal Plaza Park: 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority : 10 a.m. Jan. 25, 2017; Medstar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.
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Community Awareness Meeting : noon Jan. 25, 2017; Council Chambers, City of Hurst, 1505 Precinct Line Road.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Jan. 25, 2017; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2017; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. Jan. 25, 2017; Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road.
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Urban Design Commission - Work Session : 10 a.m. Jan. 26, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall , 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission - Public Hearing : 10 a.m. Jan. 26, 2017; City Council Chamber Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Stormwater Master Plan Update Stakeholder Meeting: 6 p.m. Jan. 26, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Meet and Confer Negotiations between the City and Fort Worth Police Officers Association : 11 a.m. Jan. 27, 2017; Performance Hall, Ella Mae Shamblee Library, 1062 Evans Avenue.
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Blood Drive: 4 p.m. Jan. 27, 2017; Medstar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.

Kickback: 7 p.m. Jan. 27, 2017; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

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