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Florida TaxWatch Releases Quarterly Report for Broward SMART Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thurs., June 15, 2023

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Florida TaxWatch Releases Quarterly Report for Broward SMART Program


Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Florida TaxWatch released its review of the Broward County School District's Safety, Music & Art, Athletics, Renovations and Technology (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 Ended March 31, 2023 


The report will be presented by Florida TaxWatch’s Senior Vice President of Research Bob Nave at the quarterly Broward County Bond Oversight Committee meeting today, Thurs., June 15, at 5:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include updates on the program’s progress and recommendations from Florida TaxWatch to support ongoing efforts. 


Florida TaxWatch Senior Vice President of Research Bob Nave said, “As the 2022-23 school year comes to a close and students begin their summer break, Broward County Public Schools is well into its ninth year of the SMART Program. Improvements arestill underway, but this quarter, the most significant development was the adoption of a resolution that expresses the expectation for the program to be completed no later than October 31, 2025.


“Florida TaxWatch is encouraged by this new completion date, especially given the low numbers of Primary Renovations projects that are currently experiencing schedule delays and the fact that more than 40 Primary Renovations projects are ahead of schedule. We will remain dedicated to monitoring this progress and offering guidance to all responsible for ensuring the program’s success, while keeping taxpayers’ best interests top of mind.”


To access the full report and an overview of Florida TaxWatch’s work with the Broward County Bond Oversight Committee, please click here


About Florida TaxWatch
As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for more than forty years and the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) 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 taxpayers and businesses. FTW is supported by its membership via voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled FTW 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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