Fort Worth’s budget is 248 pages filled with numbers and figures. It’s a document that can be hard to sort through, but it shapes Fort Worth priorities for the next fiscal year. 

City staff produce a new budget every fiscal year, extending from October 2022 to September 2023. The budget was presented to council members in August. Now, it’s up to elected officials to make any changes to the proposed budget. 

In the month leading up to the budget’s final approval in late September, there are multiple opportunities for residents to learn more about the budget and provide input to city leadership. 

The Fort Worth communications department plans to aggregate feedback from public input meetings and online forums into a presentation for council members before final approval of the budget. 

“We wanted to create engagements that would produce data that would allow our participants to offer thoughts in a way that will influence decisions,” Reyne Telles, chief communications officer, said. 

Along with public comment meetings, the City Council is holding a series of work sessions and meetings where the public can learn more about the budget and comment on the city’s priorities. 

Residents can prepare with information by viewing budget presentations and accessing budget materials online. Residents can also provide feedback to the city through its website

A thought exchange allows residents to post feedback about the budget and rate the comments of others from one to five. Residents can also leave comments through the MyFW App and through the call center (817-392-1234). 

“If you work nights or two jobs, I want ways that we can hear from those folks as well because every voice is important at the table,” Telles said. 

Here’s the upcoming schedule of meetings extending through final budget approval in late September: 

There are two more budget engagement meetings available to residents. These meetings focus on answering resident’s questions and gathering feedback:

  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Shamblee Library, 1062 Evans Ave.
  • 6 p.m Thursday, Sept. 8, at Rockwood Golf Course, 1851 Jacksboro Hwy.

Budget work sessions are where councilmembers hear presentations from city departments and ask department heads questions about their budget allocation:

  • 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at City Hall, 200 Texas St., Fort Worth 76102 

The City Council will meet in September to hold a final public hearing and approve the budget. Residents can comment on the proposed budget at both meetings. 

  • The city will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 13, at City Hall, 200 Texas St.
  • The city will hear comments and vote on the final budget at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Here’s a roundup of the Fort Worth Report’s coverage on the 2023 budget so far: 

Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact her at rachel.behrndt@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Rachel Behrndt is a government accountability reporter for fortworthreport.org. She can be reached at rachel.behrndt@fortworthreport.org