Fort Worth City Council approves 2020 budget - Property tax rate REDUCED

Posted Sept. 18, 2019

The Fort Worth City Council approved a $1.8 billion budget on Tuesday that continues to focus on infrastructure improvements while also decreasing the property tax rate. The vote was 5-3, with Councilmembers Byrd, Moon and Jordan voting against the budget. Councilmember Gray was not at the meeting.

The approved budget is an increase of 3.4% over the fiscal year 2019 budget. The budget includes 114 net new positions, including 58 in the Police Department, 29 to staff a new animal shelter, 14 to staff a new fire station, 9 to staff a new library branch, and 6 code enforcement officers.

Fort Worth’s property tax rate will be reduced by 3.75 cents, from 78.5 cents per $100 valuation to 74.75 cents. The owner of a home valued at $200,000 with a homestead exemption will pay $1,196 in city property taxes. The property tax rate has declined by 10.75 cents over the last four years.

The budget increases cash funding dedicated to capital projects, including funds for street maintenance and repair, as well as funds to improve neighborhood vitality and safety. The budget allows the city to implement the 2018 Bond Program, while planning for a 2022 Bond Program.

The budget also includes an outline for a five-year capital planning process aimed at replacing and improving aging infrastructure for one of the fastest-growing large cities in the nation. The five-year plan would add $1.85 billion in capital improvements through the fiscal year 2024 budget.

The budget allows the city to staff new facilities approved by voters: the Golden Triangle Library in far north; the Reby Cary Youth Library in east Fort Worth; Fire Station 43 to serve the Walsh Ranch community; Fire Station 45 near U.S. 287 and Harmon Road; an animal shelter facility in far north; and new parks.

The budget also fully funds an increase in city pension contributions, previously approved during fiscal year 2019.

One addition to the budget process is an effort to begin evaluating infrastructure maintenance and investment based on equity. This effort is in line with recommendations from the city’s Race and Culture Task Force. City officials are starting to use data about equity, which will influence where and how capital improvement dollars are spent.

As part of this effort, the city plans to create a Diversity & Inclusion Department, create a police monitor program and institute a police cadet program. The city will also use pay-as-you-go funds to continue neighborhood improvements and equitable capital investments.

Proposed 2020 stormwater utility fees announced

Posted Sept. 16, 2019

 

Average Fort Worth residential customers would see their stormwater utility fee increase by 35 cents per month in 2020 based on the proposed rate increase presented to the City Council. With the proposed changes, the average residential customer would pay $5.75 per month in 2020, up from $5.40 a month, or $69 a year for stormwater utility services with the proposed rate increase in 2020, up from $64.80 per year.

A document highlighting the proposed 2020 rate changes and explaining the factors behind the changes is available for review. If approved by the City Council on Oct. 15, the new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The proposed changes to stormwater rates affect the fixed monthly charge, which is based on the amount of the property’s impervious surface, such as rooftops and driveways, which determines the amount of runoff from properties into the public drainage system during rain events.

View the stormwater utility fee billing table for the 2019 rate comparison to 2020 rates with proposed fee increase.

The fee increase will be used to accelerate the delivery of high-priority capital projects to improve the safety of hazardous road flooding locations, rehabilitate aging storm drain pipes, restore eroded channels and mitigate flooding to homes and businesses.

U.S. Census Bureau continues to hire for 2020 Census

Posted Sept. 19, 2019

 

census employee rings a doorbell at a residence

 

Census takers often work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends.

The U.S. Census Bureau continues to recruit thousands of workers for temporary jobs available nationwide in advance of the 2020 Census.

The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers by completing a single application online. Opportunities are available nationwide and offer flexible work hours, including daytime, evenings and weekends.

 

Available jobs:

    Recruiting assistants travel throughout geographic areas to visit with community-based organizations, attend promotional events and conduct other recruiting activities.

    Office operations supervisors assist in the management of office functions and day-to-day activities in one or more functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.

    Clerks perform various administrative and clerical tasks to support various functional areas, including payroll, personnel, recruiting, field operations and support.

    Census field supervisors conduct fieldwork to support and conduct on-the-job training for census takers, and/or to follow-up in situations where census takers have confronted issues such as not gaining entry to restricted areas.

    Census takers work in the field. Some field positions require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require interviewing the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home such as in the evening and on weekends.

Applicants are placed in an applicant pool for 2020 Census field positions and are considered as positions become available. Applications will remain active throughout the 2020 Census recruiting and hiring period.

To learn more, call 1-855-JOB-2020 and select option three.

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Register to vote Sept. 24
at your local library branch

Posted Sept. 20, 2019

 

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day organizers wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

On Sept. 24, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will hit the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

Locally, the Fort Worth Public Library is registered as a partner in National Voter Registration Day activities. All library branches will encourage patrons to register or to update their information if they have recently moved.

Tarrant County Election officials will staff a table at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of Women Voters volunteers will visit selected branches to conduct registration outreach.

View a list of events in Fort Worth.

 

National Voter Registration Day started in 2012 to celebrate democracy. Endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State, the event is observed on the fourth Tuesday of every September. It is additionally supported by election officials across the country.

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