School Levies

Capital Levy Planning

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Planning for SPS Capital Levies

Capital levies are the primary funding source 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. Capital levies also provide the majority of funding for important classroom technology and support for student learning, district technology systems, and technology infrastructure.

Planning Underway for BTA V Replacement Capital Levy

Planning has begun for the district’s next capital levy. The Buildings, Technology, and Academics Capital Levy V (BTA V) is expected to be on the ballot for February 2022. It is a replacement for BTA IV, which expires in 2022.

BTA V projects are divided into three categories.

Buildings projects: Small renovations, systems upgrades, major maintenance, and improvement projects in district schools

Technology projects: Funding for technology used by students, teachers, schools, and the district as well as support and training for technology users.

Academic/Athletics projects: Modifications needed for academic program changes, playground improvements, athletic field improvements

BTA V Planning Timeline and Materials

Fall/Winter 2020-2021

Develop and refine list of potential BTA V projects

Seattle School Board adopts Guiding Principles for BTA V

Spring 2021

Continue to develop and refine list of potential BTA V projects

Summer 2021

Refine list of potential list of BTA V projects

September 2021

Finalize proposed BTA V projects

October 2021

  • Oct. 20, 2021: School Board meeting with Introduction of Levies proposals

November 2021

  • Nov. 3, 2021: School Board meeting with Action on Levies proposals

February 2022

  • Feb. 8, 2022: Ballots due for Special Election


Richard Best
Director, Capital Projects and Planning