The Broward Bond Oversight Committee

About the Broward County School’s Bond Oversight Committee

In November 2014, Broward County voters approved an $800 million bond referendum to renovate and repair Broward’s aging school facilities, upgrade school safety and security systems and purchase new computers and educational technology. Broward Schools’ Superintendent Robert Runcie appointed a bond oversight committee to encourage greater accountability, transparency, public support and confidence in the use of the general obligation bond funds.

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Florida TaxWatch’s Role

Superintendent Robert Runcie asked Florida TaxWatch to provide research and analyses to the bond oversight committee to aid them in effective oversight of the bond process. In our limited role performing a watchdog function, Florida TaxWatch will produce and present a research report on industry and national “best practices” to help the committee lay the foundation for its oversight of the bond-funded capital outlay program.

Each quarter, Florida TaxWatch will review quarterly reports submitted to the bond oversight committee by the school district and present our findings at quarterly committee meetings to aid the Bond Oversight Committee in holding the district accountable for spending decisions.

 

TaxWatch Reports & News

Reports

Q1 2018 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on November 17, 2017, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q1 of FY2018.

Q4 2017 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on August 28, 2017, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q4 of FY2017.

Q3 2017 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on May 22, 2017, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q3 of FY2017.

Q2 2017 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on February 27, 2017, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q2 of FY2017.

Q1 2017 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on November 14, 2016, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q1 of FY2017.

Q4 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on August 29, 2016, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q4.

Q3 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on May 23, 2016, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q3.

Q2 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on February 31, 2016, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q2.

Q1 Report Review

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on November 23, 2015, this report examines the SMART program quarterly report for Q1.

Recommended
Best Practices

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Presented to the Bond Oversight Committee on August 31, 2015, this report details the best practices of successful bond oversight committees across the country. If implemented, the recommended best practices will ensure that the Committee is held to a higher standard, thereby maximizing the effectiveness of the oversight of the capital outlay program funded by the taxpayers.

News

Statement From Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro on the Passing of Charlie Reed

Reed was 75.

Charlie was a highly effective Chancellor of Florida's universities and public leader for the taxpayers of the Sunshine State for many decades. Florida and its taxpayers are certainly much better off because of the leadership and effective management skills of Charlie Reed. It was my pleasure and honor to have been his friend for more than 30 years and his loss is a loss for me personally, all Floridians and everyone who cares about education and public service.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1093)/Comments (0)/
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Statement on Appointment of Syd Kitson to the Board Of Governors of the State University System from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

Syd Kitson is the immediate past Chairman of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Health and Aging

Governor Rick Scott could not have made a better choice than selecting my friend and Florida TaxWatch leader Syd Kitson to serve on the Board of Governors of the State University System. Syd was highly effective serving as the innovative Chairman of the TaxWatch Center for Health & Aging, helping TaxWatch be a leader in securing legislation on Telehealth and expanded scope of practice for nurse and allied health professionals in the 2016 Legislative Session.
Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1237)/Comments (0)/
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Time to Even the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Dominic M. Calabro, President & CEO

Small businesses truly are this nation’s backbone. They account for 94 percent of all the country’s businesses and are owned by a diverse array of Americans from all backgrounds. The ability to build a small business is the cornerstone of the American dream.

Friday, December 09, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1308)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch Taps Suntrust’s David Mann as New Chairman

Additionally, TaxWatch welcomed new members to the Board of Trustees.

Florida TaxWatch, the state’s premier non-profit, non-partisan research institute and government watchdog, named its new chairman and welcomed new board members at its 37th Annual Board Meeting on November 17th.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (2004)/Comments (0)/
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Florida TaxWatch: Florida PTA Dropping Out of Lawsuit is Good News for Florida Children

Statement from Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro

The Florida PTA is dropping out of the Florida Education Association’s lawsuit targeting a tax credit funded scholarship program and this is excellent news for Florida families. These scholarships provide lower income families, most of whom are minorities, the opportunities to receive a high quality education and are funded through donations from businesses across the state. The Florida PTA joins Florida School Boards Association and the Florida Association of School Administrators in dropping out of the lawsuit.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: TaxWatch Staff/Number of views (1421)/Comments (0)/
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