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Hearing set for proposed tax levy

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution July 10 to hold a public hearing next week to take comments on a proposed levy to help fund county public safety services.

July 17, 2013

POLK COUNTY -- The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution July 10 to hold a public hearing next week to take comments on a proposed levy to help fund county public safety services.

The public hearing will be held Wednesday, July 24, starting at 9 a.m., the board's regular meeting time. Once all comments are taken in the morning session, the hearing will be recessed until 7 p.m., when those who could not attend the early meeting will be given an opportunity to comment.

The levy is proposed for the November ballot, but the board has final say on whether it will move forward, how much money voters will be asked for and for how long. Comments from next week's hearing will influence those decisions.

A proposal for a three-year levy charging property owners no more than 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value had been recommended to the board by a citizen's committee that examined the issue. Polk County Administrator Greg Hansen has suggested the board consider a four-year levy, so that the end of the levy doesn't coincide with the conclusion of the previously approved county road maintenance bond.

If charged at the full amount, the proposed levy would bring in $2.9 million to add and restore positions in the Polk County Sheriff's Office (including the Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team), District Attorney's Office, Community Corrections and Juvenile Department.

The commissioners are scheduled to make a decision regarding the levy at their regular meeting July 31 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse conference room.

You Can Comment

What: Public hearing on proposed Polk County public safety local option levy.

Where: Polk County Courthouse conference room, 850 Main St., Dallas.

When: Wednesday, July 24, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

For more information: Polk County Board of Commissioners office, 503-623-8173.

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