Homebuilders association sues Orange County FL public schools

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Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

Way back in 2002, the Orange County Public Schools in Florida ran a campaign to raise the sales tax by a half penny and in return they would roll back millage rates on property taxes.  Part of the sales tax campaign was a long detailed list of all the schools that would be built and remodeled. 

    I didn't live in Orange County at that time, but I thought this was a ridiculous proposition from the get go.  Why?? Because even though the school board rolls back millage rates, the property appraiser simply jacks up assessed values and the taxes get raised anyway.  Flash forward 6 years and guess what, assessed values have nearly doubled (and yes the school's property tax revenue has nearly doubled) and the school board still complains how broke they are. (And let's not even talk about all the lottery money they get.) What a joke! 

Last week the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando said enough is enough and filed a lawsuit against the school board for mis-appropriating some $825 million in revenues.  See Orlando Sentinel article. In my opinion, there is no question that the school board has been reckless and basically unaccountable for the bottomless pit of money that has been paid to them by tax payers.  The school board refuses to allow on the ballot a measure to allow voters to decide if the school superintendent is elected or appointed.  This is the epitome of arrogance, and all school board members who voted against this need to be fired in the next election. I feel bad for the many wonderful teachers and school employees that have to work under the guidance of this bunch of yahoos.

The Orange County Public Schools need to do some major housecleaning and Superintendent Ronald Blocker's job needs to be at the top of the list.  Something has to be done to restore the public's faith in the Orange County Public School system. The school district is one of the largest in the nation (#12 to be exact), so I can understand the complexity the superintendent faces. However year after year Blocker has done little to solve the situation with all the failing and low grade schools.  If Blocker is doing such a great job, then let the voters decide whether they want to have his job as an appointed position or an elected position. 

Hopefully this lawsuit will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.  It is too bad Orange County can't learn at least a few ideas from one of the best school districts in the country just one county north of them in Seminole County FL.  

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