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Charter election backgrounder: Part 2

Posted March 11, 2016

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Second 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 Council members, terms of office, compensation and more.

An 11-member Charter Review Task Force examined numerous questions, including terms of office for councilmembers and whether terms should be staggered.

The task force recommended going from two-year terms to three years for all members. Currently, terms are concurrent, meaning all members are up for election at the same time. The task force recommended continuing to elect all members concurrently.

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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