School Levies

Operations Levy

Renewal of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)

Seattle voters approved renewal of the district’s Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy in February 2019. This levy replaced the previous operations levy, which expired in 2019.

The next EP&O Levy is expected to be placed on the ballot for the February 2022 election.

Why do we need the EP&O Levy?

School districts are funded through state, local and federal dollars. But there?s currently a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need.

So, every three years, the district asks voters to consider renewing the operations levy, which is a local education property tax. In addition, school construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies.

The Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) would renew the expiring levy approved in 2019.

If approved, the EP&O:

  • Funds critical day-to-day operations.
  • Pays for teachers’ salaries and support staff, including mental health counselors.
  • Continues funding for programs that support SPS students, including child nutrition programs, social-emotional health, and special education.
  • Helps fund programs including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

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