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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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Responsible Pet Ownership Class: 9 a.m. May 28, 2016; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Control, 4900 Martin Street.
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Caffeinated Town Hall: 10 a.m. May 28, 2016; Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1544 Ellis Ave.
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Memorial Holiday - City Hall Closed: 8 a.m. May 30, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

DFW International Airport Board Retirement/Investment Committee: 12:30 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Operations Committee: 12:50 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Finance/Audit Committee: 1:10 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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DFW International Airport Board Concessions/Commercial Development Committee: 1:40 p.m. May 31, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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Canceled Pre-Council Meeting: 3 p.m. May 31, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Canceled Council Meeting: 7 p.m. May 31, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Latino American Archives Exhibit: June 1, 2016,–Aug. 31, 2016; Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 12 East Berry Renaissance : 2 p.m. June 1, 2016; Pre-Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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DFW International Airport Regular Board Meeting: 8:30 a.m. June 2, 2016; Board Room, DFW International Airport Headquarters Building, 2400 Aviation Dr.
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