Land annexed, rezoned

Valley Life Center to sell portion of land that once had an old grain elevator on it, keep some for future expansion

Dallas City Council approved a nearly 4.5-acre annexation and zoning change for a piece of property near Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave.

Population growth behind Monmouth zoning change

Population growth has prompted a zoning change in Monmouth.

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Property tax bills are on the way

Property tax bills are in the mail, or should be soon, and many owners will see a reduction in their taxes for 2017-18, said Polk County Assessor Doug Schmidt.

Falls City hires new city code enforcer

Code enforcement in Falls City is back on track.

Taypayers to see kicker

A more than $436 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis, triggering a tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” for the 2016 tax year.

Monmouth looks at use-of-force policy

Updated wording to come back to council Oct. 17

Monmouth council tables some proposals, discusses city's growth.

Charter to pass franchise fees to customers

The city of Dallas is considering establishing a utility license requirement and fee for all utilities operating in the city’s rights-of-way and a new internet modem license.

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Dallas City Council tames decorum standards

The Dallas City Council approved changes to its rules on Sept. 18, including removing from decorum standards a requirement that councilors act “in manner appropriate to the dignity of their office" outside council meetings.


Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

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Code services cleans up

Being a code services specialist is more than writing parking tickets and issuing warnings to homeowners to clean up their properties.

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Gala Park renovations back on track

Weather, contractor delays postponed project progress over the summer months, city says

Renovations at Gala Park, at the corner of Uglow Avenue and Hankel Street, are back on track after weather and contractor delays postponed the project over the summer.

Indy acquires new water rights

The city of Independence just bought water — and a lot of it.


Public Agenda is a listing of upcoming meetings for governmental and nongovernmental agencies in Polk County.

New logo, website for Independence

The city of Independence has a new logo, featuring the Cooper Block tower before it was repainted.

Efforts underway to repeal SB 719

State representatives Mike Nearman and Bill Post and a former Oregon House candidate, Teri Grier, have filed an initiative to place Senate Bill 719 before voters in November 2018.


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