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Charter election backgrounder: Part 3

Posted March 16, 2016

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Third 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 increasing compensation for councilmembers. The current charter puts councilmembers’ pay at $25,000 annually, $29,000 for the mayor. The task force recommends increasing the salary of councilmembers to $45,000 and increasing the mayor’s salary to $60,000, effective Oct. 1, 2016.

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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Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. April 29, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

MLK Community Center Senior Prom: 3 p.m. April 29, 2017; Tarrant County College, South Campus Gymnasium, 5301 Campus Drive.

Fort Worth Human Relations Commission: 5:30 p.m. May 1, 2017; Room 201 A-B, Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Avenue .
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Diamond Hill Jarvis - Northside Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. May 1, 2017; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

Cyber Safety Begins With You: 11:30 a.m. May 2, 2017; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, 1150 S. Freeway.

Twitter Town Hall: 11:30 a.m. May 2, 2017; Participate on Twitter.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Operations Committee: 12:30 p.m. May 2, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Finance Committee: 12:40 p.m. May 2, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building , 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board - Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 12:50 p.m. May 2, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 1 p.m. May 2, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Housing and Neighborhood Services Committee: 2 p.m. May 2, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. May 2, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. May 2, 2017; CIty Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board of Directors: 8:30 a.m. May 4, 2017; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Drive.
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Downtown Design Review Board: 2 p.m. May 4, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Water Efficient Landscape Plants and Maintenance Water-Saving Seminar: 6 p.m. May 4, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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