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Levy and Bond Information

Elementary students readingSeattle voters have a long history of support for our students over the years, approving funding for day-to-day operations as well as capital projects. 



Levies Information Brochure
February 12, 2013, Special Election

February 2013 Levies


Renewal of the two Seattle Public Schools levies — which benefit the nearly 50,000 students currently enrolled — is on the February 12, 2013, ballot.

Proposition 1 requests renewal of the Operations Levy. This levy provides more than one quarter of the money needed to operate Seattle Public Schools. We are committed to helping every child succeed. Operations Levy funds pay for day-to-day expenses associated with running a school district.
 
Proposition 2 requests renewal of the Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Levy. Capital funds are used to maintain and improve our aging existing schools, to provide earthquake safety upgrades, and to build or renovate schools in growing communities.

It’s important to note that neither of these levies is a new tax. They are replacements of expiring levies and the total additional cost from both levies is $13 per month for the owner of an average $400,000 home in Seattle.

Complete details are available in the downloadable Levies Information brochure.


Building Excellence Capital Program


New Chief Sealth CampusMore than a third of the 100 buildings in the District's current inventory are more than 40 years old. To care for these buildings and to respond to our community’s changing needs, we implemented the Building Excellence Program in 1995.

Seattle voters approved Building Excellence I in 1995, Building Excellence II in 2001 and Building Excellence III in 2007. Together, these levies have provided major renovations or replacement of close to 40 schools.

In February 2013, Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) will be presented to voters for renewal. If passed, this levy will provide funding to construct four new schools, replace four schools, modernize five schools, and repurpose and modernize five schools.

In addition, two schools will receive lunchroom additions, four schools will receive science labs, 19 schools will receive integrated security camera systems, 37 schools will receive earthquake safety improvements (in addition to the 17 new, replaced or repurposed schools), five schools will receive roof work, five schools will have new or replaced athletic fields and/or tracks, and every school will receive technology upgrades.

For more information on the upcoming levies election or past Building Excellence projects, please visit bex.seattleschools.org.

Buildings, Technology and Academics Capital Program


The Buildings, Technology, and Academics Program is part of Seattle Public Schools' long-range plan to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities on a planned and predictable timetable. Voters approved BTA I in 1998, BTA II in 2004, and BTA III in 2010. These levies pay for projects that benefit every school in the district. The $270 million BTA III program funds building projects that address basic health and safety improvements, such as roof replacement, seismic upgrades, building systems, energy-efficiency projects, and deferred maintenance. Technology projects support student learning and improve business efficiency, including instructional tools and training to directly support students and teachers. Academics components support improvements in the way student services are delivered such as: opening buildings to meet growth in enrollment and serve students closer to home; modifications for Special Education, Early Learning, science and computer classrooms; assessment tools; and athletic fields. Visit the BTA website for information on projects and progress related to BTA I, II and III.


Information about past Levies and Bonds


Seattle Public Schools has worked diligently to spend levy funds wisely and well, focusing on strategies to help students succeed.

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