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    Voter-Approved Education Levies Support Seattle Students

    There is a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need. Every three years, Seattle Public Schools asks voters to renew the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), which is a local education property tax.

    School construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies. Capital levies are also the primary funding source for technology used by students, teachers, school staff, and administrators, and for district operations. Capital levies are local education property taxes. Every three years, the district asks voters to approve renewal of one of the six-year capital levies.

    The money Seattle Public Schools collects from local, voter-approved education levies stays in Seattle. We use these funds to provide the quality of education that our students and families expect, and to ensure our students have safe, welcoming schools that support student success.

    Planning Underway

    We anticipate that the Seattle School Board will place two replacement levies on the ballot in February 2022 — a capital levy and the EP&O.

    Planning is underway for the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V Capital Levy (BTA V). This six-year levy would replace the expiring Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV Capital Levy (BTA IV), which was approved by Seattle voters in 2016.

    The three-year EP&O would replace the expiring EP&O, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2019. This levy typically provides more than 20 percent of the district’s general fund budget, and it helps pay for important programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

    Estimated Timeline

    October 2020–March 2021

    • Evaluate building conditions and educational adequacy
    • Develop and refine list of potential capital levy projects
    • Ongoing operations budget development (EP&O levy planning)
    • School Board adopts Guiding Principles for BTA V

    Spring 2021

    • Continue to develop and refine list of potential capital levy projects
    • Community engagement — Levies planning

    Summer 2021

    • Refine proposed capital levy projects list; score and rank projects
    • Continue operations budget and EP&O levy planning

    September/October 2021

    • Finalize proposed capital levy projects list
    • Community engagement — Levies proposals
    • Submit levies recommendations to Seattle School Board

    October/November

    • School Board approval of levies to be placed on the ballot

    February 2022

    • Special election

    Recently Approved Levies

    In February 2019, Seattle voters approved two expiring levies to fund Seattle Public Schools.

    School construction projects

    District budget information

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