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IN THE NEWS: Bid to expand bus service dies as councilmen skip public hearing

22 Sep 2017 5:07 PM | Rachel Albright (Administrator)

"It's dishonorable..." lack of quorum shuts down debate about public transit

BY SANDRA BAKER sabaker@star-telegram.com

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 05:07 PM UPDATED SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 10:07 PM

FORT WORTH — A proposal to devote city property tax revenue to expanded bus service in Fort Worth appears dead after two council members who opposed the measure failed to show up for a public hearing Friday afternoon.

The council had scheduled a special session for a public hearing to change the property tax rate that, if approved, could have given the T about $2.8 million from tax revenues in 2018. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority has said it needs the money to implement expanded bus services to the city’s west side.

The council knew three of its members had conflicts and were not going to be able to make the meeting. But when Cary Moon of District 4 and Jungus Jordan of District 6 did not show for the meeting, Mayor Betsy Price declared a lack of quorum 15 minutes after it was supposed to start.

About four dozen residents, some in wheelchairs who previously have spoken about being transit dependent, showed up to the meeting. About half of them met with Councilwoman Ann Zadeh afterward in a separate meeting room, where 17 people spoke. 

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