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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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John T. White Road Sidewalk Project Meeting: 11 a.m. Dec. 3, 2016; East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.

Stark Street Sidewalk Project Meeting: 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 2016; Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Building Standards Commission - Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Dec. 5, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Conference Room 290.
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Building Standards Commission - Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street City Council Conference Room 290.
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Workforce Solutions Youth Advisory Council : noon Dec. 5, 2016; Board Large Conference Room, Ste. 600, Workforce Solutions , 1320 S. University Drive .
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Fort Worth Human Relations Commission: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2016; Room 201 AB, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods , 818 Missouri Avenue .
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Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Housing and Neighborhood Services Committee: 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; Riverside Community Center , 3700 E Belknap Street.
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Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Public Hearing: 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 2016; Housing Authority of Fort Worth, 1203 Est 13th Street.
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Berry /University Area Form-based Code & Zoning Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 2016; La Mancha Business Centre - Event Center, 3120 Merida Ave.

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