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2017 budget proposed, opportunities for public feedback unveiled

Posted Aug. 9, 2016

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The city manager recommended a $1.65 billion budget on Aug. 9 that continues to focus on sustainable solutions while also decreasing the property tax rate.

For the second consecutive year, the city’s economic outlook is bright — from improvements in local job growth and sales tax collections to increases in residential and commercial building permits. Along with this growth have come increased demands on city services and infrastructure and, ultimately, the requests for city dollars. The recommended budget represents the city’s plan to meet the responsibility for appropriate infrastructure investment and maintenance and quality levels of service.

“When we put together our recommendations for this year’s budget, we balanced investments we need to make in infrastructure with our desire to decrease our property tax rate,” City Manager David Cooke said. “The proposed budget does this, but we continue to look for ways to make the city leaner and more efficient to ensure the long-term protection of quality of life.”

The recommended budget, which includes the debt service and most operating funds, totals just over $1.65 billion. That’s an increase of 2.5 percent over the fiscal year 2016 proposed budget. The budget includes 6,596 authorized positions, an increase of 142 positions from the previous budget.

A balanced $639 million General Fund budget includes these achievements:

  • Lowers the property tax rate by two cents; the rate goes to $0.83550 per $100 of assessed taxable value from $0.8550 per $100 of assessed taxable value.
  • Increases cash funding dedicated to capital projects, including additional funds for street maintenance and repair, and funds to improve neighborhood vitality and safety.
  • Staffs new facilities approved by voters in the 2014 bond program, which include a new fire station at Spinks Airport, Victory Forest Community Center, the expanded Chuck Silcox Animal Shelter and new parks.
  • Emphasizes public safety with the second-year implementation of the Police Department’s sixth patrol division, additional school resource officers, funding for body cameras to equip all patrol officers, and the city funding 10 firefighters previously funded by a federal grant.
  • Provides funds for “pay for performance” for general employees.
  • Continues the practice of not using reserves to balance the General Fund budget.

Give your feedback on the budget

Fort Worth residents have opportunities to speak out on the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget. Budget hearings are scheduled for:

  • Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
  • Aug. 30, 7 p.m.

All hearings will be conducted during regular meetings of the City Council at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

City Council will vote on the proposed budget during their Sept. 13 meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Residents can also email their feedback.

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Metropolitan Area EMS Authority Board: 10 a.m. Dec. 13, 2017; Medstar, 2900 Alta Mere Drive.
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Zoning Commission Work Session: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, 2017; City Hall, second floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Zoning Commission Public Hearing: 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 2017; City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Water Department Wholesale Water and Wastewater Advisory Committee Meeting: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Oak Hall, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Park and Recreation Advisory Board: 4 p.m. Dec. 13, 2017; Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Mayor's Committee on Persons with Disabilities: 10 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, Room 201 AB, 818 Missouri Avenue.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Brunch with Santa at MLK Jr. Community Center: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Quadco Management Solutions, Inc.: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th.
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Fort Worth Affordability Inc.: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Eastwood Public Facility Corporation: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 15th Street.
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Ironwood Crossing Public Facility Corporation: 11 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Point(less) Pitches and Presentations: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2017; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Community Action Partners Council: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden Orchid Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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Regional Transportation Council: 1 p.m. Dec. 14, 2017; North Central Texas Council of Governments, Transportation Council Room (1st Floor), 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX.
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Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Tarrant Regional Water District, Conference Room, 800 E Northside Drive.
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Winter Wonderland at Como Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

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Notice of Public Meeting - Municipal Setting Designation for 2417 East Long Avenue: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2017; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th Street.
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Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15, 2017; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Dec. 15, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor.
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City Plan Commission: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street, 2nd Floor.
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Cookies with Santa at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 2017; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave .

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Task Force on Race and Culture: 5 p.m. Dec. 18, 2017; Oak Hall, Deborag Beggs Moncrief Garden Center, 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
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