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Proposition No. 2
Renewal of the Buildings, Technology and Academics Capital Levy

The Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 passed Resolution No. 2015/16-10 concerning this proposition to fund the Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV Program. This proposition authorizes the District to levy the following excess taxes, to replace the expiring Buildings, Technology and Academics III Levy, on all taxable property within the District, for construction and modernization of educational facilities throughout the District:




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Should this proposition be approved?



Seattle Public Schools requests voter approval of a capital levy of $475.3 million for the Buildings, Technology and Academics IV (BTAIV) Program. The proposed levy will replace an expiring capital levy.

Passage of Proposition No. 2 would allow the levy of taxes over a six year period to pay for the opening of schools and the construction of an addition to increase capacity for additional students; ADA compliance and life safety projects, including earthquake safety improvements, fire alarm systems, and fire suppression and safety systems upgrades; intercom systems replacements, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades; roof replacements, green school initiatives, including building and mechanical systems energy efficiency upgrades; technology equipment and instruction support to enhance student learning; science and computer labs to address graduation requirements; special education program modifications and athletic fields upgrades. Such funds may be used only to support the construction, modernization and remodeling to school facilities or technology improvements and training to meet the current and future educational needs of its students.

The total amount to be collected will be $79,216,667 annually, to be collected in each of the six years commencing 2017 through 2022. The estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value will range from $0.47 per one thousand for 2017 collections to $0.38 per one thousand for 2022 collections. The exact levy rate will be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District at the time of the levy.

For questions about this measure, contact:  Thomas Redman, Communications Specialist, 206-252-0655,

Vote Yes to Maintain Our Schools!

Please vote to Renew this important Seattle Public Schools Capital Levy. Our District is growing! By 2020, another 4,000 Seattle children will join our current 52,000+ students – that’s the equivalent of 8 new elementary schools. To be successful and do well academically our students must have safe, healthy learning spaces in modern facilities.

The Capital Levy replaces an expiring levy and will make sure that students and teachers have a safe learning environment by modernizing fire alarm and school security systems, enhancing earthquake protection, and replacing roofs and heating systems. This levy will also add desperately needed classroom space to help meet growing enrollment and class size reductions. It will also provide needed technology upgrades and science labs while reducing maintenance and repair backlogs. Every student and every school benefits from this levy!

“To keep up with our growing city, we need to add more classrooms and ensure that our older buildings are safe for our students.” – Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle

This levy is not a new tax. It replaces an expiring Capital Levy. Please vote Yes on the Seattle Schools Capital Levy to renew our commitment to Seattle’s children.

Please vote “No” on this $475.3 million tax plan. This is not a “good” levy.1) The plan plows millions of dollars into headquarters debt. For background Google “$50 million Glass Elephant – Weekly”. 2) The plan wrongly closes Roxhill Elementary School, sending its students to Hughes ($6,746,790). 3) The plan wrongly replaces neighborhood schools with mega schools.

Passing the plan and “fixing it later” does not work. 1) Headquarters debt was supposed to be paid from headquarters “savings”. Levy documents don’t explain this. 2) “Good” levies don’t close schools. 3) “Good” levies don’t shrink playgrounds. Thornton Creek lost half its playground from the last mega school levy, and Loyal Heights is still fighting mega school plans that would shrink its playground 30%. 4) “Good” levies would reopen schools like Cooper and Indian Heritage and African American Academy. This is not a “good” levy.

The District lacks “transparency”. The same goes for City government and the news media when it comes to education. Indian Heritage School is a prime example.

Vote to Renew the expiring Capital Levy to create safe schools for our kids. Seattle is adding 4,000 students in the next few years; we must act now to prepare for the future.

The Con statement is incorrect. Schools are being built and remodeled to provide safety improvements and to add capacity for a growing city. No schools are closed in this levy. In fact, we are adding classrooms.  Vote Yes on Proposition 2.

Statements sent in by:  Ed Murray, Pramila Jayapal, and Kristin Bailey-Fogarty,

Indian Heritage School at Wilson Pacific, a Native American Landmark and a City Landmark, was demolished. How? The District sued the City to get a waiver from landmark regulations. The School Board and the Superintendent never discussed this lawsuit with the public. City officials never responded to protests from the community. The Seattle Times refused to report on the lawsuit.

Wrong levies cause real damage. Vote “No”. Thank you.

Statements sent in by:  Chris Jackins and Trena Harmon, 425-322-6184

Simple majority (Washington Constitution article VII, section 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact:  Thomas Redman, Communications Specialist, 206-252-0655,


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