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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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Building Standards Commission - Pre-Meeting : 9 a.m. Sept. 26, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Building Standards Commission - Meeting : 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority - Board of Directors : 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 2016; Community Room, 2nd Floor, lntermodal Transportation Center (lTC), 1001 Jones St.
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Metro Area Transit System - Board of Directors : 4 p.m. Sept. 26, 2016; Community Room, 2nd Floor, Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones St.
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Ad Hoc Municipal Court Advisory Committee: 11 a.m. Sept. 27, 2016; Room 380, CMO Conference Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall , 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation : 2 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Pre-Council Meeting: 3 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Fort Worth Human Relations Commission: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016; Room 201 AB, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.
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Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Sept. 27, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority - Board of Directors: 10 a.m. Sept. 28, 2016; MedStar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Dr .
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City Plan Commission - Work Session: 11 a.m. Sept. 28, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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City Plan Commission - Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Park Board Meeting: 4 p.m. Sept. 28, 2016; Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. Sept. 28, 2016; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Fort Worth Police Officers Association - Meet and Confer: 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall , 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Stormwater Management Stakeholder Advisory Group: 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2016; Fort Worth Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery St.
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Responsible Pet Ownership Class (Spanish): 6 p.m. Sept. 29, 2016; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Control Center, 4900 Martin Street.
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Movies That Matter: Willie Velasquez: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, 2016; The Modern, 3220 Darnell St.

Community Awareness Meeting - Valley View Branch Watershed: noon Sept. 30, 2016; Council Chamber, City of Hurst , 1505 Precinct Line Rd.
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Parents' Night Out: 6 p.m. Sept. 30, 2016; Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

Kickback: 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 2016; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Walking Town Hall: 9 a.m. Oct. 1, 2016; Bunche Park, 5488 Ramey Ave.
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Stark Street Sidewalks Project Meeting: 11 a.m. Oct. 1, 2016; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

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