The Fort Worth City Council has decided to move all of its regular weekly meetings to Tuesday nights, scrapping the practice of holding half of those meetings during the day.
The plan goes into effect with Tuesday’s meeting, which is scheduled to include a discussion of changes to the Lancaster Avenue special tax district. The changes could help boost the south end of downtown in conjunction with expansion of the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The shift to holding all meetings after normal working hours — they’ll typically begin at 7 p.m. — should give more residents the opportunity to attend and voice opinions on issues that affect their neighborhoods.
Previously, the council has scheduled two meetings a month at 10 a.m. and two at 7 p.m.
The change might be mostly symbolic, as the council often has pushed controversial items to night meetings so more residents can attend. But symbolism and consistency are important.
As Major Betsy Price told Star-Telegram reporter Caty Hirst, “It is very confusing for people to say we have morning meetings on this [day] and this [day] and night meetings on this one and this one.”
The Lancaster Avenue special tax district, which channels some of the district’s growth in property tax revenue to finance public improvements, takes on more importance with anticipated projects, including possible hotels, tied to convention center expansion.
The council is expected to increase funding for district projects.