Fort Worth, Texas

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Fort Worth Texas is a city in Tarrant County and Denton County Texas.

Elected officials

City council

Name District
Sal Espino District 2
Mayor Pro Tem W.B. 'Zim' Zimmerman District 3
Danny Scarth District 4
Frank Moss District 5
Jungus Jordan District 6
Dennis Shingleton District 7
Kathleen Hicks District 8
Joel Burns District 9

Mayor

The mayor of Fort Worth is Betsy Price.[1]

Public records

A columnist from the Star-Telegram reports that obtaining police records in Fort Worth can be an unduly long process for public records requests, sometimes with a wait time of almost five months.[2]

C. Patrick Phillips, an assistant city attorney in Fort Worth, responsible for responding to public information requests resigned after it was discovered he was unduly delaying the release of more than 300 requests for information.[3]

Public pensions

See also: Texas public pensions

The city guarantees pensions for life for its public employees. Fort Worth was listed number #10 in the nation with the shortest solvency horizons for municipal pension systems according to a report published by Northwestern University.[4] Currently, the city is expected to payout $430 million in pension payments over the next 30 years.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Texas Municipal League members list

Fort Worth spent $80,000 on lobbying in 2011.[5]

Fort Worth pays membership dues to the Texas Municipal League, a government sector lobbying association.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Elected officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[6]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 12 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
    • Meeting video or podcasts are available.[7][8]
  • Administrative officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.
    • Contact information for most administrative officials is provided including a mailing address and phone number.[9]
  • Public records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by Records and Information Management Office. This office provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided by the Records and Information Management Office.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[10]
  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 8 years.[11]
  • Campaign Finance Reports are published.[12]
  • Information on ethics, contracts, and the tax rate are published.[13][14]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[15][16]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2007 are available.[17]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[18]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.[19]

The bad

  • Administrative officials
    • Emails not provided for many officials. Some positions/departments have no contact information.[20]
  • There is no information on lobbying.

External links

References

  1. Mayor
  2. Texas Watchdog, Police records hard to get in Fort Worth, Apr. 21, 2011
  3. Texas Watchdog, Fort Worth assistant city attorney resigns after bungling hundreds of requests for public information, May16, 2011
  4. Texas Watchdog, Fort Worth could run out of money for pensions in 2023, city on top 10-list based on predicted insolvency, Oct. 13, 2010
  5. 2011 Lobbying - Open Secrets
  6. Officials
  7. Agendas Minutues and Agendas
  8. Recordings
  9. Departments
  10. Public Infomation
  11. Budget and Audits
  12. Campaign Finance Reports
  13. Ethics
  14. Contracts
  15. Permits
  16. Zoning
  17. Budget and Audits
  18. Contracts
  19. Taxes
  20. Departments