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

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.

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

Posted Sept. 18, 2019– City of Fort Worth –

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.

New commercial building permit submissions will only be accepted online beginning Jan. 1

 

Posted Oct. 7, 2019 — City of Fort Worth

The city is changing how new commercial building permits can be submitted. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, applications for new commercial building permits will only be accepted online. Accepting these permits online will save time and resources for customers and staff.

New commercial building permits include new construction and additions. Remodel permits can be applied for online but will also be accepted in paper format.

Currently, all commercial building permits are accepted online through the city’s Accela permitting system. This includes new commercial permits, additions, remodels, accessory structures and change of uses. The associated trade permits are also available for online application, as are contractor registrations.

A guide for submitting documents and online training videos are available on the city’s website.

After submitting the permit applications, plan review comments will be available through Accela Citizen Access. Once plans are approved and the permit is issued, customers can download the approved set of plans and print them, along with the plan review notes and inspection card to post at the construction site for building inspectors. Inspections can also be scheduled online, and the inspection results can be reviewed, too.

To learn more, call Planning & Development Customer Service at 817-392-2222.

So what's the difference between a weather watch and a warning?

– City of Fort Worth –

Many people question what it means when the National Weather Service issues a watch or a warning. Knowing the difference is important, especially when it’s a tornado or flash flood warning.

 

Here’s a quick way to tell the difference:

    A watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop in or near the watch area. The watch area, when shown on a map, will usually cover several counties or large portions of the region. Residents should translate this as: “Good chance we’ll get some weather.” Stay alert and keep your eyes and ears open as the weather may be changing soon.

    A warning means a dangerous weather event is occurring or will shortly occur at or very near a specific location. The warning area, when shown on a map, is normally much smaller, such as the size of a town, city or single county. Residents should translate this as: “If you’re in that location, take cover right now!”

The National Weather Service will issue a weather watch or warning for tornados, severe thunderstorms, flash floods and excessive temperatures. Stay a step ahead of the storms by purchasing a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio to receive watch and warning information directly from the National Weather Service.

 

The bottom line on watches and warning:

In a watch, keep your eyes open and watch for changing weather conditions.

In a warning, find sturdy shelter immediately if you are in the warning area.

 

Proposed 2020 stormwater utility fees announced

Posted Sept. 16, 2019– City of Fort Worth –

 

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.

FWPD's Crisis Intervention Team follows new approach to policing

– City of Fort Worth –

The Fort Worth City Council saluted the FWPD Crisis Intervention Team, which recently helped to prevent a potential mass terrorism incident and direct a young man to mental health treatment.

When local officials received a call from a father concerned about his 27-year-old son who was struggling with a crisis and potentially purchasing a firearm, a specialized Fort Worth Police unit sprang into action.

The man withdrew money from the bank, then reportedly attempted to purchase a weapon. He was struggling through a deeply troubling mental crisis.

The FWPD’s Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team caught up with him just west of downtown after searching several areas. The man was diagnosed with severe mental health issues and was transported to a local clinic to receive treatment.

Police say a possible mass terrorism incident was diverted that day. On any given day, police help residents experiencing similar mental crises.

In September 2017, FWPD created the Mental Health Crisis Intervention Team, or CIT. The unit includes a sergeant, a corporal and six officers who are state-certified as mental health police officers. Each officer is assigned a patrol division.

“This group of officers deals on a daily basis with individuals who are working through mental crises,” Acting Police Chief Ed Kraus said. “It’s part of our philosophy of policing differently. Enforcement is not the first tool when dealing with these people.”

The primary purpose of the team is to reduce the hazards associated with interactions between law enforcement and people suffering from mental illness. A secondary purpose is to reduce return calls for service related to mental health sufferers, ultimately freeing patrol officers to provide better service to the community.

Over the last 13 months, the CIT has recorded:

    7,565 calls for service.

    383 mental detentions.

    4,697 mental health follow-up visits.

    17 criminal cases on mental health individuals when alternative methods or jail intervention have failed.

    859 total reports.

 

“The CIT is doing incredible work,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “Chief Kraus and I were at a White House meeting where there was intense interest in what our CIT is accomplishing. Only one or two other large cities are doing something like this on this level, and no other city has seen the success that we have in Fort Worth.”

Price said she continues to lobby federal partners for additional funding to expand the CIT.

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