Your guide to the May 7, 2022 election in FTW

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Sat., May 7 is the big day — aka Election Dayand we’ve done the Googling so you don’t have to. To make this election as easy as possible, we’ve curated need-to-know information about how and where to vote, along with what we’re voting on in the Constitutional Joint Election. 👇

Are you registered?

First things first, make sure you’re eligible + registered to vote.

Find your polling location

Tarrant County polling places will be open on Sat., May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re unsure where to go, you can request voter information that provides your registration status + polling location. Early walk-in voting is open today and tomorrow from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at these locations. You’ll be required to show either a photo ID or documentation that verifies your current address.

What are we voting on?

In Tarrant County, you’ll be voting on five propositions for the 2022 Bond Program, 13 amendments to the Fort Worth City Charter + two statewide property tax propositions. 🗳️

Voting absentee? The deadline for mail-in ballots has already passed, but you can request one before Fri., May 13 for the primary runoff election on Tues., May 24.

Looking for COVID-19 safety information? Find coronavirus updates from Tarrant County here.

Bond Election

Ballots will include five propositions for the $560 million 2022 Bond package, which will be voted for or against.

  • Proposition A would provide $360 million for streets and mobility-related projects.
  • Proposition B would provide $124 million in funding for parks and recreation projects including a Stop Six aquatic center neighborhood and rebuilt Forest Park Pool.
  • Proposition C would provide $12.5 million for the construction of a new library in northwest Fort Worth.
  • Proposition D would provide $39 million for police and fire public safety facilities — including the headquarters for the Northwest Patrol Division.
  • Proposition E would provide $15 million to acquire natural areas as part of the city’s Open Space program.

Charter Election

Ballots will include 13 amendments to the Fort Worth City Charter, which will be voted for or against.

Proposition F: Mayor and Council Pay

  • Would modify annual salaries for both the mayor and city council members, setting salaries at half the base salary of city department heads and assistant department heads, respectively.

Proposition G: Metes and Bounds

  • Would modify language requirements for metes and bounds descriptions for city council district boundary revisions following census data and population changes.

Proposition H: Post-termination hearing

  • Would remove references of certain appointees’ and employees’ ability to request a city council public hearing in the case of their removal from their position.

Proposition I: Petition review

  • Would increase the city secretary’s time from 10 days to 25 days to review voter-submitted petitions.

Proposition J: Tax collection

  • Would remove the assessment and collection of taxes as a responsibility of the city’s Department of Finance.

Proposition K: City health

  • Would remove the responsibilities of the city’s health department.

Proposition L: City property sales

  • Would reduce the required newspaper coverage of city property sales in exchange for the inclusion of the sale on the city’s webpage for four weeks preceding the sale.

Proposition M: Sidewalks and curbs

  • Would clarify the city’s ability to pay for the construction of sidewalks and curbs rather than the owners of the abutting property.

Proposition N: Assessment roll

  • Would require the tax assessor-collector to provide a list of property assessments to The City Council according to the state deadlines.

Proposition O: Public service reporting

  • Would remove the requirement for public service corporations to file an annual report.

Proposition P: Advertising contracts

  • Would extend official advertising contracts to longer than one year.

Proposition Q: Annexation elections

  • Would remove outdated language about annexation elections.

Proposition R: Independent Auditors

  • Would clarify the responsibility of independent auditors and remove the requirements for physical printouts.

See a breakdown of current methods + what these proposed changes would mean.

Statewide Election

Ballots will include two property tax propositions, which will be voted for or against.

  • Proposition 1 would extend the reduction in school district property taxes for people who are 65+ or disabled and remain in the same home that was passed in 2019.
  • Proposition 2 would increase homestead tax exemption from $25,000 to $40,000.