Home > News

Charter election backgrounder: Part 3

Posted March 16, 2016

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.

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.

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 18, 2017; PharmFab Conference Room #116, First Floor, James E. Guinn Building, 1150 South Freeway.
View the agenda »

City Council Budget Session Work Session on the FY18 Budget: 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Walking Town hall: 10 a.m. Aug. 19, 2017; To be determined.

Como Kids Back to School Bash: noon Aug. 19, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

2018 Bond Election Public Meeting District 5: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017; Handley Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty Street.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Aug. 22, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Aug. 22, 2017; City Council Chamber, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Aug. 23, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas.
View the agenda »

View the full city calendar.