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    Planning for the 2019 Levies Election

    Updated Mar. 20, 2018

    In February 2019, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two  levies to fund Seattle Public Schools — a Capital Levy and an Operations Levy.

    Planning is currently underway for the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy. The six-year levy would replace the expiring Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy approved by voters in 2013. BEX V would fund capital improvements including projects to modernize or replace aging buildings with modern, operationally efficient educational facilities.

    The district is also planning for the three-year Operations Levy, which would replace the current Operations Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016. This levy typically provides more than 20 percent of the district’s general fund, and it helps pay for critical programs and services that are not fully funded by the state.

    We want your input

    Community meetings

    In April, five regional community meetings will be held to share the planning process and possible projects. District staff members will share information, listen to and collect feedback, and answer questions.

    For language interpretation services, please send an email to or call 206-252-0070 five days in advance.

    For ASL interpretation, please email five days in advance of the meeting.

    All meetings will take place from 6:30–8:15 p.m.

    Direct contact

    You may also email your questions and comments.


    Sept. 2017: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

    Dec. 2017: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

    March 28, 2018: School Board Work Session on BEX V Capital Levy planning

    April 2-26, 2018: Community meetings in five regions

    June 2018: Home language outreach focus groups

    May-August 2018: Review feedback, evaluate and refine priorities, analyze latest data

    Sept. 2018: Community meetings in five regions to present levies scope

    Oct. 2018: Levies Board Work Session & School Board Operations Committee report

    Oct./Nov. 2018: Board Introduction: Staff recommendations for both levies presented

    Oct/Nov. 2018: Levies 2019 Public Hearing

    Oct./Nov. 2018: School Board Action/vote to adopt the levies and place them on the ballot for the February 2019 Special Election

    Jan. 2019: Ballots mailed to voters

    Feb. 12, 2019: Deadline to return ballots


    Contact Us


    Mailing Address:
    Levies 2019
    Seattle Public Schools
    M.S. 22-336
    P.O. Box 34165
    Seattle, WA 98124-1165


    Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BEX website

    Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy Projects
    BTA website