The amount of school recapture money sent by Marble Falls Independent School District to the state for redistribution to needier districts jumped to $16.9 million this year from $7 million sent in the last budget year, trustees learned during a regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 22.
“Seventeen million dollars of Marble Falls taxpayer money could go a long way if it was able to stay in Marble Falls ISD,” Board President Kevin Naumann said.
Robin Hood was created with the intention of increasing equity among all public schools in Texas. MFISD Superintendent Dr. Chris Allen told trustees he believes the plan has allowed the state to waive its duty to fund public schools.
If the state would make a sizable contribution to public education using money from other funds, the necessity for the current rate of recapture would disappear, paving the way for lower recapture rates, Allen said.
“I think it would be great if we could get some cooperation on (the state’s) end,” he continued. “That would allow our taxpayers on our end to actually feel the benefit of the tax rate reduction that we’re providing them on the local level.”