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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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Partnering to Preserve the Spirit of Neighborhood: 5:30 p.m. July 28, 2016; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.

Joint Seal Maintenance Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. July 28, 2016; City of Fort Worth James Avenue Service Center, 5001 James Ave.

"Back the Blue" Blood Drive: 10 a.m. July 29, 2016; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Kickback: 7 p.m. July 29, 2016; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 37th St.

Dive-In Movie at Forest Park Pool: 6:30 p.m. July 30, 2016; Forest Park Pool, 2212 Forest Park Lane.
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Big Fossil Creek Wastewater Main Project Meeting: 2 p.m. Aug. 1, 2016; City of Fort Worth Water Department, 1000 Throckmorton St - 2nd Floor of City Hall - Conference Room 225.

Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee: 11 a.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

DFW International Airport - Operations Committee: 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport - Finance/Audit Committee: 12:45 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport - Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 1 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Board Room, DFW Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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Housing and Neighborhood Services Committee: 1:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation: 2 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Pre-Council Meeting: 3 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Public Hearing Hyde Park: 7 p.m. Aug. 2, 2016; City Hall Council Chamber, 1000 Thockmorton Street.
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