Thanks to Seattle voters, previous BTA levies were approved in 2010, 2004 and 1998. BTA capital levies alternate with Building Excellence (BEX) capital levies on a three-year cycle. Please visit the BEX website to learn more about the BEX capital projects.


The Seattle School Board has approved placing a $475.3 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy ballot measure on the Feb. 9, 2015, special election ballot. This six-year levy replaces the expiring BTA III Capital Levy approved by voters in February 2010. Seattle Public Schools (Seattle School District No. 1) has the lowest property tax rate of any large school district in King County.

BTA IV projects were selected based on the School Board’s guiding principles, the long-range Facilities Master Plan, the Facilities Conditions Assessment (Meng) report and input from school staff and the public.

The BTA capital program has three major components:

  • Buildings improvements: $335.4 million
  • Technology improvements: $104.7 million
  • Academics/Athletics improvements: $35.2 million

News Release: Seattle School Board Approves Two Levies for the February 9, 2016, Special Election Ballot

A Report to the Community — Fall 2015

This report presents an overview of how funds from the 2010 BTA III Capital Levy, the 2013 Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy and the 2013 Operations Levy have been used to provide a quality education that prepares students for college, career and life in the 21st century.

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BTA III (2010-2015)

Seattle Public Schools receives capital levy funds for BTA III from 2011 through 2016. Projects may continue after the levy expires due to scheduling, but no further funds are collected.

Overview & Highlights

Projects Coming Up for Bid


Sept 2015: KING 5 News story on geothermal heating systems

Aug 2015: Adams Elementary Energy-efficient Geothermal System

Aug 2015: Video on Franklin Terra Cotta repair project

Following is a list of schools and facilities that have received improvements or upgrades in BTA III. To find out more, click on the school name.

2015 Projects

2011-2014 Projects

Previous BTA Levies

Seattle voters have generously approved Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics capital levies three times since 1998.

BTA II (2004-2012)

Approved by Seattle voters in 2004, BTA II projects began in 2005.

Overview & Projects

BTA I (1998-2004)

Approved by Seattle voters in 1998, BTA I projects began in 1998.

Overview & Projects