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Taxpayers Weigh-In On Broward School Bond Spending Plan

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Voters in Broward County will decide if $800,000 bond issue will go to fix county schools in-need of repairs.

The school board held a workshop Tuesday where plenty of parents voiced their concerns about the bond money.

“If you don’t fix this you are not going to get that $800,000. I’m telling you that right now,” said Beatrice Esdelle.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie got an earful from people not happy to hear how the district intends to spend the proposed bond issue to fix schools in need of repairs; from flooded hallways, to leaking roofs and aging tile.

“To put hardware on an exterior door, $2,968?” said Alanna Mersinger from Miramar. “I’ll do your shopping.”

Click here to WATCH CBS4’s Joan Murray’s report

Voters are being asked to approve the multi-million dollar bond issue that translates to a $50 tax increase on average, or $15,000 over 30 years.

“I’ve heard from many of my constituents that are disappointed and some frankly very frustrated,” said school board member Heather Brinkworth.

There’s concern aging schools in East Broward are being short-changed by newer, overcrowded schools in West Broward.

Runcie said he’s trying to be as fair as possible.

“I absolutely acknowledge that we can’t please everyone and one way to fail at something is to try to please everyone,” Runcie said.

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