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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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Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Work Session: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St, Second Floor, Conference Room 290 .
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Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission Public Hearing: 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016; City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St, Second Floor, Council Chamber.
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Canceled Fort Worth Transportation Authority Committee Work Session: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016; Community Room, 2nd Floor, Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones St.
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City of Fort Worth Art Commission : 5:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016; Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016; Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library , 1300 NE 35th Street.
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Lake Como Sidewalk & Lighting Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 2016; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Canceled Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Canceled Infrastructure & Transportation Committee: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth Local Development Corporation : 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Notice of Public Hearing - Forest Park: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; City Hall - Council Chamber, 1000 Throckmorton St, Second Floor.
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Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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WDB Meeting and Strategic Planning Session: 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Gaylord Texas Resort and Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail.
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Disciplinary Appeal of Indefinite Suspension of Shea O'Neill: 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 2016; City Hall, Budget Office Conference Room, 1000 Throckmorton St, Third Floor.
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Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority : 10 a.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Medstar Mobile Healthcare, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.
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Zoning Commission Work Session: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street.
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Zoning Commission Meeting Public Hearing: 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; City Council Chamber, 2nd, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street.
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Fort Worth Water Department Wholesale Water and Wastewater Advisory Committee: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Oak Hall, Fort Worth Botanic Gardens , 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Park Board Meeting: 4 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Botanic Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board - Meeting : 4 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Community Development Council Meeting/Public Hearing: 6:15 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.
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Kimbo Road Construction Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016; Bonnie Brae Elementary, 3504 Kimbo Rd..

Crime-Free Multi-Housing Workshop (Refresher): 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Fort Worth Police Department, East Division Headquarters, 1100 Nashville Ave.

Disciplinary Appeal of Indefinite Suspension of Shea O'Neill: 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2016; City Hall, Budget Office Conference Room, 1000 Throckmorton St, Third Floor.
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Urban Design Commission - Public Hearing : 10 a.m. Dec. 15, 2016; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton Street.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; 1st Floor, Board Room, Fort Worth City Credit Union , 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Quadco Management Solutions, Inc. - Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Brighter Outlook Community Center, 4910 Dunbar Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions - Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting : 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Brighter Outlook Community Center, 4910 Dunbar Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions - Public Hearing: 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Brighter Outlook Community Center , 4910 Dunbar Street .
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Gateway Public Facility Corporation: 5 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Brighter Outlook Community Center, 4910 Dunbar Street.
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Fort Worth Transportation Authority Public Meeting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2016; Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1001 Jones Street .
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Meet and Confer Negotiations - City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Police Officers Association : 10 a.m. Dec. 16, 2016; Azalea Room, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Dec. 16, 2016; City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2016; Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Southside's Christmas Gala (RSVP by Dec. 1): 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2016; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Canceled Parents' Night Out at Chisholm Trail: 6 p.m. Dec. 16, 2016; Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

Holiday Movie Night at North Tri: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 2016; North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt.

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