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Seawaller:The reality is most of the taxes paid to CC for schools do not stay in CC. A large portion of taxes for schools go to the state and is redistributed throughout the state. Places like Collier and Sarasota Counties fund lower property valued counties. There is some capital funding that comes from local taxes; however, if the new academy is a charter school, they do not get any of those funds. They will only get operating FTE from the state. When Marco residents complain about the amount of taxes going to CCSB, they are actually complaining about the wrong entity. That is state law and will not change no matter how many schools are built on Marco.Will there be tuition for the choice? Only if the academy does not receive a charter and they decide to run as a private school. That will be up to the CCSB, the academy and the state DOE if they receive the charter. If they receive their charter as requested then no, there will be no “tuition”. Whichever school you choose, it will be a public school and will not have tuition. It would be similar to school choice that all schools have. However, since the charter school would only receive FTE funding, which is not enough to actually run a school, as found by the MICMS, than they will have to require some type of volunteer/payout formula like the MICMS. Hope that answers some of your questions.
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