National Night Out Events on the Eastside


National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

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Who should register for Fort Worth’s SNAP program?


Posted Oct. 11, 2018

When 911 operators receive an emergency medical call, they dispatch fire rescue and police personnel to the scene. If the caller has registered in the free Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP), the dispatcher is able to provide emergency medical information about the victim to first responders as they head to the scene. The advance notification of a medical condition can save precious minutes when providing medical assistance.

The Fort Worth SNAP program should not be confused with the federal food stamps program or the state STEAR emergency evacuation service. It does not provide financial assistance, housing or job placement. It is a free regional database hosted by the Fort Worth Fire Department Office of Emergency Management.

Fort Worth residents with a medical, access or functional need can provide information about those needs. The information is used by emergency managers when planning for disasters, and is provided to first responders before they reach a caller’s location. Personal information is considered confidential and protected as allowed under law.

Who should register for SNAP? Anyone who considers themselves to have a special need. The program does not define special need. Perhaps you use a wheelchair or walker, require oxygen or have someone in your home with Alzheimer’s disease or autism. You may be blind, hard of hearing or deaf. You have difficulty breathing. Perhaps your child has intellectual or developmental disabilities. You’ve been diagnosed to have a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, or you’ve suffered a stroke in the past and are bedridden. These types of special needs all qualify.

Your family, friends and even neighbors can assist in the registration process. Or call 817-392-6170 and a staff member will assist. Registrants must renew annually to guarantee information provided is up-to-date. If you register an email address, you will receive a notice of renewal a few weeks before the registration is set to expire.

New hours for Water Department’s call center

Posted Oct. 9, 2018

Beginning Nov. 1, the Water Department Customer Service Call Center hours will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Automated phone payment and online account access is available 24/7.

For water or sewer emergencies, call 817-392-4477 anytime.

Shred it on America Recycles Day, Satiurday, Nov. 3 at LaGrave Field

Posted Oct. 9, 2018

Bring up to five boxes of personal documents to be securely shredded on Nov. 3.

It’s the one day a year where Fort Worth residents can have items shredded and donated, all for free. Fort Worth celebrates America Recycles Day by hosting Shred Day on Nov. 3. The event will be held rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at LaGrave Field, 301 N.E. Sixth St.

Residents of Fort Worth and unincorporated Tarrant County, along with members of the Better Business Bureau, can bring up to five boxes of personal documents to be securely shredded by Tarrant County. (Boxes should weigh no more than 40 pounds each.)

Goodwill Industries will be onsite accepting donations, including:

  • Electronics (computers, televisions and small appliances).
  • Household items such as furniture and clothing. No mattresses or large appliances.
  • No business waste, please.

This is the last time the city will host this event. Starting this month, every day will be shred day in Fort Worth. Secure shred carts have been installed at all four of the city’s drop-off stations.

America Recycles Day is sponsored by the City of Fort Worth, Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, Tarrant County, Waste Management, Goodwill and Better Business Bureau of Greater Tarrant County.

To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful page.

Hiley Subaru hosting adoption event for homeless pets

Olive lives up to her name — she may be tiny but she has a lot of personality. Although she is 5 years old, she and has lots of energy. She is heartworm positive, but has started treatment. Meet her at Petsmart Alliance, ID# A38083119.

Hiley Subaru, a partner of the Fort Worth Animal Shelter, is transforming its huge showroom to make way for dogs waiting to be adopted.


The Subaru Loves Pets adoption event is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Fort Worth dealership, 3505 W Loop 820 S.

The animal shelter remains completely full with loving pets waiting for someone to take them home. The pets that land in the shelter are there because of a people problem, not because the animals did anything wrong. Many are already housetrained and are accustomed to living with families. The shelter is currently caring for approximately 600 dogs and cats.

If there was ever a time to find the dog or cat of your dreams, now would be great as there are so many to select from.

The adoption fee will be reduced to $10 and includes an initial medical examination, rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and spay/neuter.

Read Fort Worth needs your vote to receive $100,000 grant

Mayor Betsy Price supports Read Fort Worth by sharing story time with local elementary school students.

Read Fort Worth is one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from Reliant Gives, a charitable-giving program from Reliant Energy.

Reliant Gives will help support initiatives that promote children’s literacy in Fort Worth ISD, such as reading volunteers and the Library Classroom campaign. The shared mission of Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD is to align partners, strategies and resources to significantly improve early childhood literacy so that 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.

From Oct. 15-21, the public can vote online. The nonprofit with the most votes receives $100,000. The other two nonprofits receive $20,000 and $10,000, respectively, based on the number of votes received.

Reliant employees nominated a wide selection of Texas nonprofits, which are narrowed to three finalists for each round. Winners will be announced Oct. 23.

FY2019 Budget

View the City of Fort Worth’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year’s budget by an amount of $38,145,610, which is a 7.7 percent increase from last year’s budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $16,057,419.

The amounts above are based on the City’s fiscal year 2019 tax rate of $.07850 per $100.00 in value. The City’s fiscal year 2018 tax rate is $0.8050 per $100 of assessed valuation.

City Council Record Vote

The members of the governing body voted on the adoption of the budget as follows:

For: Mayor Betsy Price, Councilmembers Carlos Flores, Brian Byrd, Cary Moon, Gyna Bivens, Jungus Jordan, Kelly Allen Gray and Ann Zadeh

Against: None

Present but abstained from voting: None

Absent: Mayor Pro tem Dennis Shingleton


Municipal Property Tax Rates

The municipal property tax rates for the preceding fiscal year, and each municipal property tax rate that has been adopted or calculated for the current fiscal year, include:

Tax Rate  Adopted FY2017-18  Adopted FY2018-19

Property Tax Rate  $0.805000  $0.785000

Effective Tax Rate  0.787766  0.782594

Effective Maintenance and Operations Tax Rate  0.617513  0.616753

Rollback Tax Rate  0.813082  0.828812

Debt Rate  0.163500  0.155000


Municipal Debt Obligations

The total amount of outstanding municipal debt obligations (including principal and interest) secured by property taxes is $ 903,277,529.

This cover page and the information it contains are included with the budget as required by the Texas Local Government Code. A PDF version is available online here.



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