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September 11, 2007: Budget savings to be used to fund crossing guards

Coral Springs City Manager Michael Levinson announced yesterday that the City’s crossing guard program, which had initially been reduced in the proposed fiscal year 2007 budget due to property tax reform, will be returned to the same level as last year.

When the City recently renegotiated its lines of insurance, the City was able to secure better rates than projected, realizing $75,000 in savings. During the budget process, the City had proposed cutting 20 crossing guard posts at middle schools from the fiscal year 2007 budget, as part of a total of $3.5 million in cuts. The City Commission will be voting on returning all posts to the same level as last year at the upcoming budget hearing on Friday, September 14 at 5:15 PM.

“Even though we’ve been preparing for tax reform, we had to make a number of difficult decisions this year,” Levinson said. “When the funding became available, crossing guards was the first program we wanted to invest in.”

Although crossing guards are not required at middle schools by the state, City officials feel this is one service they would like to continue to fund.  

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