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  • March Newsletter 2017
    March 08,2017


    March 17, 2017: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at O'Shea's, 531 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

    Starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 a.m., O'Shea's will be celebrating St. Patty's on the 500 block of Clematis Street. Party! Beer truck and traditional Irish foods such as Bangers N Mash, Corned Beef & Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie. Come celebrate the REAL Irish Way right here in West Palm Beach! For more information, click here.


    Sharon Merchant, President of The Merchant Strategy, was featured on the Palm Beach Score Radio show on March 1, 2017. SCORE-ing Your Business takes place each Wednesday from 5:00-6:00 PM on channel 900-AM. Listen to Palm Beach County entrepreneurs talk about their businesses, whether it is how they launched, or the obstacles they overcame, or obstacles they are still facing — this hour provides information and answers to anyone currently in business or about to start a business. Each show is live and listener participation is encouraged! Palm Beach SCORE chapter is a nonprofit organization that provides small business counseling and training and works closely with the Small Business Administration (SBA). PB SCORE has over 60 local mentors from virtually every business category you can imagine: marketing, manufacturing, service, retail sales, export, legal and many more. To listen to the full interview, click here.


    We are delighted to be working with CDM Smith once again. TMS will start providing Public Involvement service for the Palm Beach County Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Survey and Design Project at the end of this month. This includes newsletters, doorhangers and more to notify the affected neighborhoods once work begins.


    Per-student spending is an easy-to-use measure by which taxpayers can evaluate public school spending and efficiency. Most taxpayers, however, have little or no idea how much is spent per student in public schools. The most commonly reported per-student spending figures in Florida are based solely on funding provided through the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP). For the 2016-17 school year, Florida public schools will spend an average of $7,178 “per student” in FEFP funding. But this figure, which is published in legislative budget summaries and widely cited by the media, can be misleading since it does not reflect total spending per student. Funding for a number of other programs and services (e.g., debt service, school construction, etc.) is provided to school districts in addition to FEFP funding and is reported separately. The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) calculated an average expenditure per unweighted FTE based on reported District expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 of $10,308, which includes expenditures such as debt service, capital outlay, and other funds that are reported separately from FEFP funds. Why is it important to include debt service, capital outlay, and other K-12 funds in per student spending calculations? Because taxpayers should have a thorough understanding of how their tax dollars are being spent. A more thorough and informed understanding of funding sources makes school funding more transparent to taxpayers. Transparency helps to promote accountability, and Florida taxpayers have every right to see how government spends their tax dollars. For more information, visit www.floridataxwatch.org

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