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    Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology, and Academics (BTA) Capital Levies

    Construction and Technology Funding

    Voter-approved capital levies are the primary funding source for school construction. Technology used by students, teachers, school staff, and administrators, and for district operations is also primarily funded by capital levies. Capital levies are local education property taxes. Every three years, the district asks voters to approve renewal of one of the six-year capital levies.

    Seattle Public Schools alternates between two levies: Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology, and Academics (BTA). Both are six-year levies, meaning that tax money is received for six years, even if projects continue.

    BEX levies enable us to continue the construction of new school buildings, new additions, and major renovations to existing buildings. BTA levies fund small renovations, major maintenance, and improvement projects in school buildings. Both levies include important technology funding.

    Current construction projects

    Department of Technology Services (DoTS)

    Next Levy

    Planning is currently in progress for the next capital levy, BTA V.

    Recent Capital Levies

    2019: BEX V — approved by 73% of Seattle voters.

    2016: BTA IV

    2013: BEX IV



    Capital Projects and Planning Department

    Richard Best, Director