Levies Community Meetings in September
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Summary: Join us to learn more about the next capital and educational programs levies.
Learn About the Levies Being Planned for February 2022
SPS is holding community meetings in September to share information about planning for the next capital levy and the next educational programs levy. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings will be virtual instead of the usual in-person meetings.
These levies are expected to be on the ballot in February 2022. They would replace the expiring levies and are not new taxes.
Join us at one of the virtual meetings to hear what might be included in the levies, how capital levy projects were chosen, and how the levies support the district’s long-term plans for student success. After the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer period.
Community Meeting Dates
Meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are expected to end at 7:30 p.m. or earlier.
- Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Thursday, September 23, 2021
You can ask questions or make comments using the online comment form link on that page.
September 23 Microsoft Teams meeting
- Join on your computer or mobile app: Join the Teams meeting
- Or call in (audio only) +1 206-800-4125
- Phone Conference ID: 618 181 529#
Can’t make the online meeting? Meetings will be recorded and posted on the school levies webpage.
About the Levies
The Educational Programs and Operations Levy
The Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) would renew the expiring levy approved in 2019.
School districts are funded through state, local and federal dollars. But there is currently a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need.
Every three years, the district asks voters to consider renewing this levy, which is a local education property tax.
If approved, the EP&O:
- Fund critical day-to-day operations.
- Pay for teachers’ salaries and support staff, including mental health counselors.
- Continue funding for programs that support SPS students, including child nutrition programs, social-emotional health, and special education.
- Help fund programs including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V Capital Levy
The Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V Capital Levy (BTA V) would replace the expiring BTA IV levy approved in 2016. This is a local property tax levy that supports Seattle students.
Capital levies are the primary funding source to ensure that every student has a safe, optimal learning environment. School districts receive limited state or federal funding for improvements to school buildings.
Capital levies also provide the majority of funding for technology. This funding pays for computers and tablets used by students, teachers, and the district. It also pays for support and training for technology users.
If approved, BTA V:
- Provides funding for physical repairs at schools to maintain buildings.
- Improves the health, safety, and security of our buildings.
- Continues critical funding for technology, including making sure each student has a computer or tablet.
- Funds up-to-date art and science equipment in classrooms.
The Seattle School Board is expected to approve placing levies on the February 2022 ballot at their regular board meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.