School Levies

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Two School Funding Measures on February 2022 Ballot

At their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, the Seattle School Board approved resolutions asking voters to consider two education funding measures in the February 8, 2022, election. These measures are education levies that continue funding that helps support student success by creating a safe, equitable learning environment.

Neither of these levies is a new tax. Both replace levies that expire in 2022.

Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy would generate $646.8 million over three years. It would continue funding for critical day-to-day operations and funds staff such as nurses and custodians. It continues funding for programs that support our students, such as child nutrition programs, social-emotional health, and special education. It also funds STEM and CTE programs.

Learn more about the EP&O Levy.

Renewal of the Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy

The Building, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy (BTA V) six-year $783 million levy would continue funding for building projects, technology projects, and academic/athletic projects throughout the district.

BTA V continues funding for building maintenance, safety upgrades, and small renovations. It also funds technology for students and staff, including training and maintenance of devices, technology infrastructure, and the systems that SPS uses to support student learning.

SPS owns Memorial Stadium, and the levy includes funding to invest in new grandstands so it can continue to be used for high school athletics, for graduations, and by the community. Funding will also continue for playground improvements and academic program changes.

Learn more about BTA V

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, SPS 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, SPS asks voters to approve renewal of one of the six-year capital levies.

The money we collect 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.

Recently Approved Levies

In February 2019, Seattle voters approved the BEX V Capital Levy

In February 2016, Seattle voters approved the BTA IV Capital Levy


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