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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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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. March 28, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Forest Park Easement Public Hearing: 7 p.m. March 28, 2017; City Hall Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. March 28, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Notice of Public Hearing - Forest Park: 7 p.m. March 28, 2017; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Tour of Hunter Plaza: 3:15 p.m. March 29, 2017; Hunter Plaza, 615 West 7th Street.
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Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. March 29, 2017; Tarrant Regional Water District, Conference Room, 800 East Northside Drive.
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Mayor's Rolling and Walking Town Hall Kickoff: 6 p.m. March 29, 2017; Casa MaƱana, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.
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Forest Park & Zoo Drainage Project Meeting: 6 p.m. March 29, 2017; Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd - Rosebud Room.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Tour of Cavile Place Apartments: 11 a.m. March 30, 2017; Cavile Place Apartments, 1401 Etta Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions - Board of Commissioners : 5:30 p.m. March 30, 2017; Cafeteria, Wayside Middle School , 1300 Old Decatur Road.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Public Meeting: 5:30 p.m. March 30, 2017; Wayside Middle School Cafeteria, 1300 Old Decatur Road .
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City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Officers Association - Meet and Confer: 11 a.m. March 31, 2017; Azalea Room, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Kickback: 7 p.m. March 31, 2017; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Cowtown Cleanup: 8 a.m. April 1, 2017; Various locations.

Handley Drive, Commancho Street & Reed Street Sidewalks Project Meeting: 10 a.m. April 1, 2017; Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Earth Party: 11 a.m. April 1, 2017; Fort Worth Water Garden, 1502 Commerce St.

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