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Florida TaxWatch Releases Quarterly Report for Broward SMART Program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released its review of the Broward County School District's SMART Program in its report Monitoring and Oversight of General Obligation Bonds to Improve Broward County Schools: SMART Program Quarterly Report Review for the quarter ending September 30, 2019. The report includes six recommendations which will be presented and discussed by Florida TaxWatch Vice President of Research Bob Nave at the Broward County Bond Oversight Committee's Monday, December 16, 2019 meeting.

Florida TaxWatch Vice President of Research Bob Nave said, “While SMART Program funds have significantly improved the availability and quality of technology in Broward County classrooms, there continues to be great concern regarding the financial risk caused by rising costs and extended project timetables. Today, Florida TaxWatch is proud to present our latest report on the SMART program and provide meaningful recommendations to the Broward County Bond Oversight Committee aimed at ensuring the program’s expenditures provide the greatest return on investment for students and taxpayers.”

You can read the full report and the rest of TaxWatch's work with the Broward County Bond Oversight Committee here.

About Florida TaxWatch

As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for forty years, the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch, works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses. Florida TaxWatch is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants, and does not accept government funding. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled Florida TaxWatch to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for, the citizens it serves since 1979. For more information, please visit www.floridataxwatch.org.

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