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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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City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Breakfast at the BAC: There's No Business Like My Business: 7:39 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus, Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 8:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled Disciplinary Appeal of 3 Day Suspension of Dusty Dwyer: 9 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Police Training Classroom #1135, Bob Bolen Safety Complex, 505 W. Felix Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 1 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 2 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Allen Avenue Restriping Project Open House: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

2018 Bond Election Public Meeting City Wide: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2017; Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.

Tarrant County Adult Education & Literacy: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Large Conference Room, Workforce Development Board Offices, 1320 S. University Drive, Suite 600.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; First Floor Board Room, Fort Worth City Credit Union, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Fort Worth Housing Solutions, 1201 East 12th Street.
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Lights On After School: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth Housing Solutions: 5 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Artist Talk: Kipp Kobayashi: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Art7 Gallery, 2831 West 7th St.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Conference Room, Tarrant Regional Water District, 800 E. Northside Drive.
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Stormwater Master Plan Stakeholder Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Composting Water-Saving Seminar: 6 p.m. Oct. 19, 2017; Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Iris Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Human Relations Commission 50th Anniversary Celebration: 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; A.D. Marshall Public Safety and Courts Building, 1000 Throckmorton St.

Public Art Dedication at Meacham International Airport: 10 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Meacham International Airport Administration Building, 201 American Concourse (Off N. Main Street).

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee Meeting: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, 2017; James E. Guinn Building, First floor, PharmaFab Conference Room No 116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Fall Festival: 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2017; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb St.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd .

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Homeless Event: Mile in My Shoes: 11 a.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Worth Heights Oktoberfest: 6 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Oct. 23, 2017; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standard Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23, 2017; Council Chamber, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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