College tuition costing taxpayers millions

Contact 5 Special Report

Over the past two years, taxpayers in Palm Beach County and along the Treasure Coast have paid a lot of money sending county government workers back to school. 

"Promoting continuing education and trying to get our people educated, I don't think there's a downside to that all," said Deputy Chief Steve Delai of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

In Palm Beach County alone, between fiscal year 2010 and 2011, taxpayers spent more than $2.5 million to send more than one thousand county employees to college.

But, Palm Beach County Clerk of Court Sharon Bock is raising questions about the costs.

"Do we believe in education?  Absolutely!  The question becomes though, should the taxpayers be underwriting this tuition or this education during a down revenue kind of environment?" she said.

In a special Contact 5 Investigation, we analyze tuition costs and discover who's taking what, when and why you're paying for even the most basic classes.

Don't miss this special report Sunday night, after the Super Bowl, only on NewsChannel 5.


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