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Proposition No. 2 
Replacement of the Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy 

The Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 requests approval of a capital levy as described in Resolution No. 2021/22-7. The proposition replaces an expiring capital levy and authorizes the levy of excess taxes to fund the Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics V Program for earthquake and safety projects, energy efficiency upgrades, interior and exterior renovations, technology infrastructure improvements, modernization of athletic fields and other projects throughout the District. 

Collection Year


Levy Rate/$1,000

Assessed Value

Levy Amount



2024 $0.45 $130,500,000
2025 $0.44 $130,500,000
2026 $0.41 $130,500,000
2027 $0.39 $130,500,000
2028 $0.37 $130,500,000


Should this proposition be approved?




Seattle Public Schools requests voter approval of a capital levy of $783.0 million for the  Buildings, Technology, Academics/Athletics V (BTA V) 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 modernizing educational facilities throughout the District including fire safety, earthquake, air quality and security improvements, electric vehicle accommodations, energy efficiency  upgrades, sustainable technology retrofit, roof replacements, mechanical systems, interior and exterior renovations, life safety and ADA compliance, improvements to drinking water quality, student accessibility to technology, the construction, remodeling and modernization of athletic fields and facilities, including, but not limited to, Memorial Stadium, and implementation of training and other measures throughout the district to meet the current and future educational needs of its students.


The total amount to be collected will be $130.5 million annually in the years 2023 through 2028, inclusive. The estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value will range from $0.47 per one thousand for 2023 collections to $0.37 per one thousand for 2028 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.


Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners. To determine if you qualify, call the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300.


Vote Yes to Maintain Our Schools! 

Please vote to Renew this important Seattle Public Schools Capital Levy. This levy will continue funding for building projects, technology projects, and academic/athletic projects throughout the district. To 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 safe learning environments by modernizing fire alarm and school security systems, renovating HVAC systems to deliver healthy air, making clean energy investments, enhancing earthquake protection, funding science labs, and replacing roofs and heating systems. It also funds investments in new grandstands and upgraded systems for Memorial Stadium. It will provide needed technology upgrades to provide equitable access to computers and internet. Finally, it will reduce maintenance and repair backlogs. Every student benefits and every school benefits from this levy!

“All Seattle kids, regardless of zip code, deserve safe and healthy schools. Let’s continue investing in their future success.” – Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. The Capital Levy is not a new tax. It replaces an expiring levy. Please vote Yes on the Seattle Schools Capital Levy to renew our commitment to Seattle’s children.


Submitted by: Rachel Smith, Dow Constantine, Javier Valdez,

A "No" vote is a vote to save Memorial Stadium, a living tribute to World War II veterans: this Capital levy would demolish Memorial Stadium. And this levy is a gigantic 64% increase from the 2016 levy. ($783 million versus $475.3 million.) Please vote "No" on Proposition 2.

A "No" vote is a vote to save historic Rainier Beach High School. This levy adds to demolition plans for Rainier Beach, which was supposed to be saved and modernized like Garfield, Cleveland, Roosevelt, Franklin, and West Seattle. The District's 2014 Meng report notes Rainier Beach has been "extremely well maintained."

A "No" vote is a vote for instruction by teachers not machines. (''Technology": $270 million). Remember when teachers used to recommend that students watch less TV? This levy does the opposite: it worships screen time. Instead, students need physical books and human teachers.

A "No" vote is a "green" vote. This levy will cut down trees (remember the clear-cut of Ingraham's trees?), shrink playground space (remember the shrunken playgrounds at Loyal Heights, Thornton Creek, Northgate?), and replace natural grass with plastic grass (Jane Addams' last natural grass field would go). Questions? Please contact Chris Jackins, P.O. Box 84063, Seattle 98124.

Submitted by: Chris Jackins

The Con statement contains many incorrect statements. For example, the 70-year-old concrete Memorial Stadium will get significant upgrades required for safety. The memorial wall honoring veterans will remain. This levy also includes $12 million for clean energy improvements, money for critical building maintenance, and funding that will help all students access technology they need to learn in the 21st Century.

Vote to Renew the expiring Capital Levy to create safe schools for our kids.

Submitted by: Rachel Smith, Dow Constantine, Javier Valdez,

A "No" vote is a vote to save Memorial Stadium and Rainier Beach, and to instead fix up schools and buy books. Unlike the 2016 levy, this 2022 levy had no Environmental Impact Statement study. Money for teachers is not in Proposition 2 (it's in Proposition 1), so a "No" vote on Proposition 2 won't cut teachers. Please vote "No".

Questions about Rainier Beach? Please call Rainier Beach alumnus Beverely Lacy-Goodman at 206-853-2504.

Submitted by: Chris Jackins

Simple majority (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business & Finance, (206) 252-0087,

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