School Levies

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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.

School Levy Voter Pamphlet Statement Committees: Join a committee to help SPS publish voters’ pamphlet statements of support or opposition for the 2022 levies. Learn more about this opportunity.

Planning Underway for Two Replacement Levies

We anticipate that the Seattle School Board will place two replacement levies on the ballot in February 2022 — the EP&O and a capital levy. Neither of these levies is a new tax. Both replace levies that expire in 2022.

The three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) would replace the expiring EP&O, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2019. This levy is part of the district’s general fund budget, and it helps pay for important programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

Learn more about the EP&O Levy.

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.

Learn more about BTA V planning including the timeline and School Board Work Session links.

Community Meetings

Virtual community meetings about these two levies were held Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 23. Staff shareed information on how the EP&O levy fits into the district operations budget and what projects are proposed for BTA V. We also explained how capital levy projects are selected and answer questions.

Review the meeting presentation

If you were unable to attend a meeting, they were recorded and are available below for you to view. The same presentation was shared at both meetings. We are sharing both recordings so you can hear the questions and answers after the presentations.

Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, Sept. 29: School Board Work Session on BTA V
  • Thursday, Oct. 7: School Board Operations Committee reviews BTA V Board Action Report
  • Monday, Oct. 11: School Board Audit and Finance Committee reviews EP&O Levy Board Action Report
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20: Board Action Reports for both levies introduced at School Board Meeting
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: Expected date for Board Action on placing levies on the ballot
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022: Election Day — Seattle voters make decision on levies; ballots due by 8 p.m.


Recently Approved Levies

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


Questions or comments about the levies? Use our Let’s Talk form.

Capital Levy
Richard Best
Director, Capital Projects and Planning


EP&O Levy
JoLynn Berge
Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance