Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the 16 school districts that touch the city must look for ways to strike partnerships on everything from roads to joint use of faciltiies, to stretch tax dollars as far as possible, representatives from the entities said Tuesday in a rare meeting that brought all of the groups together.
“Not only is about a future workforce...(and) quality of life,...but it’s about economic development,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said.
With Fort Worth expecting to take a $292 million bond package to voters next May, many taxpayers she’s hearing from are reluctant to pay for a new community center “if it’s only a mile away from a school,” Price said.
The bond package’s partnershp opportunities include the proposed far North library, the Como Community Center on the west side, and sidewalks, streets, and lights, Randle Harwood, Fort Worth’s planning and development director, told the group.
Among projects not currently on the staff-recommended list for the bond package, partnership opportunities include a community center in Woodhaven and natatorium in southeast Fort Worth. The city’s also been discussing partnerships with school districts on a natatorium in far Northwest Fort Worth.
Representatives of the school districts said roads were a chief area where they would be interested in partnerships with Fort Worth.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter