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Two school levy proposals on Feb. 12 election ballot
In the next few weeks, Seattle voters will be considering their votes for the 2013 school levies election. Two replacement measures are on the ballot, an Operations Levy and a Capital Levy.
The King County Election office has mailed ballots to registered voters for this vote-by-mail special election. Ballots must be completed, returned and postmarked on or before February 12, 2013. A stamp is required to mail your ballot. Ballot drop boxes are available at several locations in Seattle.
Proposition 1: Operations Levy Renewal ($551.9 million)
This levy provides 27 percent of the money needed to operate Seattle Public Schools. It helps cover the day-to-day costs including teachers, textbooks, transportation, security, Special Education programs, and student activities such as athletics, music and art.
Proposition 2: Capital Levy Renewal ($694.9 million)
The Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) capital levy will provide the money for construction or renovation of 17 school buildings, earthquake safety improvements at 37 additional schools, integrated security cameras at 19 schools. It also will fund projects to address increased enrollment, reduce the maintenance backlog and provide technology improvements throughout the district. More information BEX IV planning is available at http://bit.ly/SPSBEX. Descriptions of past BEX capital projects can be found at http://bex.seattleschools.org.
A full list of capital projects and additional information about the Operations Levy is available in the 2013 Levies Information brochure. You can learn how Seattle’s capital levy tax dollars have been used in the past through the Report to the Community: Your Tax Dollars at Work 2012 report and video.