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Voters approve 11-member City Council

Posted May 9, 2016

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The Fort Worth City Council will increase from eight members plus the mayor to a total of 11 members sometime after the 2020 census.

Voters approved the city charter amendment, along with numerous others, on Saturday.

According to final unofficial vote totals, these propositions failed:

Proposition 1. Would have increased the number of years from two years to three years that a councilmember serves after elected.

Proposition 3. Would have increased the salary of the mayor and councilmembers in October of 2016.

These propositions passed:

Proposition 2. Increases the number of councilmembers from nine members to 11 beginning with the first election following the 2020 census.

Proposition 4. Allows a council seat that is vacant to be filled by a majority of the City Council, provided the seat will be vacant 12 months or less prior to the next election. (This proposition passed but will not be implemented as it was dependent on the passage of Proposition 1 which failed.)

Proposition 5. Allows the mayor and councilmembers to be sworn in at the same time the votes are canvassed.

Proposition 6. Clarifies that a candidate must live in the district 180 days before the election.

Proposition 7. Allows removal of municipal judges for cause.

Proposition 8. Public hearings and publications will be handled in compliance with state law, reducing costs.

Proposition 9. Clarifies that the ordinance with the highest number of affirmative votes prevails.

Proposition 10. Allows the city to use electronic notices if allowed by state law.

Proposition 11. Removes charter provisions inconsistent with state and federal law.

The 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. Before Saturday, the charter had been amended 13 times since adoption, most recently in 2006.

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