School Levies

Operations Levy

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

Seattle voters will consider renewing the Educational Programs and Operations levy in the February 8, 2022, election. This levy would renew the previous operations levy, which will expire in 2022.

If approved, the levy continues funding for day-to-day operations, staffing positions, academic programs and student opportunities that are not fully funded by the state.

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

  • School staff: Helps pay for teachers’ salaries and support staff, like school nurses and custodians.
    • For instance, the state funds nine nurses, but thanks to the levy we employ 68
  • Supports and programs: Continues funding for special education, child nutrition programs and social-emotional health, as well as programs such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
    • For instance, the state funds $82 million for special education, but thanks to the levy we can fund our special education program at $180 million — a $98 million gap.
  • Opportunities for students, including funding for athletics, arts, drama, and music
    • For instance, the state provides zero dollars for athletics, but the levy funds $4 million toward athletic opportunities for students.

What is the cost to renew the EP&O levy?

The total levy amount would be $646.8 million over three years. If approved, property owners would continue to pay for the EP&O levy, with the replacement rate estimated to be 74 to 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The levy is collected from 2023-2025. The rate approved by voters in 2019 was $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value, and collection over the three-year levy has ranged from $1.05 to 65 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.

SPS Funding

Local levies, which must be approved by Seattle voters, provide 15% of the SPS operating budget. This chart shows the funding sources for the 2021-22 fiscal year. This does not include funding from capital levies, which are reserved for specific purposes described in each levy.

a circle chart with various funding amounts in percentages: state, 59.8%, local taxes, 15%, Federal, 12.2%, Other revenue, 5.3%, Other resources, 3.2%, fund balance, 4.5%

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