School Funding is Up For a Vote in February; Here’s What You Need To Know

Property Tax Levy Funds SchoolsVoter-Approved Education Levies Support Seattle Students

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There is a gap between what the state funds for K-12 education and what Seattle students need. Every three years, Seattle Public Schools asks voters to renew the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), which is a local education property tax.

School construction is primarily funded by local voter-approved capital levies. Capital levies are also the primary funding source for technology used by students, teachers, school staff, and administrators, and for district operations. 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.

The money Seattle Public Schools collects from local, voter-approved education levies stays in Seattle. We use these funds to provide the quality of education that our students and families expect, and to ensure our students have safe, welcoming schools that support student success.

View the Levy Presentation to understand how funds are used, and go to for more information. 

Key Dates Coming Up
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3: Expected date for Board Action on placing levies on the ballot
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022: Election Day — Seattle voters make decision on levies; ballots due by 8 p.m.

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