2022 Capital Levy
BTA V Capital Levy
Thank you Seattle voters! You approved the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy V (BTA V) with nearly 80% voting yes. This capital levy replaces BTA IV, which expires in 2022.
Capital levies are the main source of funding to ensure that every student has a safe, welcoming learning environment. School districts receive limited state or federal funding for improvements to school buildings.
Seattle Public Schools relies on voter-approved capital levies to fund school construction and renovations, safety and security upgrades, building systems improvements, and major maintenance.
Three Parts to Levy
B stands for Buildings: This portion of the levy includes projects that improve our school buildings. Examples of projects include roof replacements, small renovations, safety improvements and upgrades, heating and ventilation improvements, major maintenance, and critical maintenance.
T stands for Technology: Capital levies provide the primary funding source for making strategic investments in technology for learning and teaching in the classroom; delivering services to students, teachers, staff, and families; and improving efficiency in business processes. Projects and services fall into three major categories: student learning and support, district systems and data, infrastructure, and security
A stands for Academic/Athletics: This portion of the levy pays for modifications needed for academic program changes, playground improvements, athletic field improvements and equipment, and art and science equipment. In addition, 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.
Cost of BTA V
BTA V will raise $783 million over six years — 2023-2028. Property owners will continue to pay for a BTA capital levy when the BTA IV levy expires in 2022. The replacement rate is estimated to be 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The rate approved by voters in 2016 was 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. More information on this funding amount can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.
BTA V Projects
Use the tabs below to see levy projects by school.