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Polk County Government

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Polk BOC approves Sedcor support

The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved an economic development grant helping support the Strategic Economic Development Corporation efforts in Polk County for the next three years.

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Committee agrees to raises for county officials

County administrator say increases needed to bring Polk up to par with salaries in other counties

The committee that evaluates the salaries of Polk County’s elected officials recommended raises for all of them, and providing a supplement to the district attorney’s position for the first time in nearly 30 years.

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Polk County BOC to hold public hearing marijuana land uses

Citizens can comment on planning commission findings

The Polk County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Jan. 13 on proposed land use regulations on medical and recreational marijuana.

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County administrator marks 30 years

Thirty years ago, Greg Hansen had what could be the shortest job interview of any current Polk County employee.

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AFSCME, county at odds

Two organizations have been negotiating since June

Polk County mental health workers and administration are in a “cooling off” period after unsuccessful negotiations over wages.

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Change in gravel to blame for flurry of flats on county roads

Michael Henich has lived on gravel Highland Road for 16 years, but in the last two years, he’s had a total 20 flat tires and blowouts.

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County budget sees minor adjustments

The Polk County Board of Commissioners was scheduled to adopt the county’s 2015-16 budget at 9 a.m. Wednesday (today) with minor changes to what was approved by the budget committee in May.

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Sheriff’s, district attorney’s offices filling vacancies quickly

Residents of Polk County may soon see the results of the public safety levy voters approved in May as the county sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices work quickly to add staff.

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Commissioners say no thanks to pay raises

After safety levy passes, committee agrees to increases for clerk, treasurer and assessor

Three Polk County elected officials will receive raises in fiscal year 2015-16, while others, including all three Polk County Commissioners, will not see an increase in pay.

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Medicare bill carries timber payments

Two-year extension of O&C money provides no long-term solution

The extension was attached to legislation that addresses how Medicare reimburses doctors and other health care professionals for providing care to patients.

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County OKs tentative budget

Three plans laid out to account for timber money, levy

Polk County’s tentatively approved 2015-16 budget is a “tale of three budgets,” according to County Administrator Greg Hansen.

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Safety levy is more than a patrol issue

Polk County’s public safety levy proposal isn’t just about patrols.

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Hazardous waste collection event set Saturday

Polk County, along with the cities of Independence, Monmouth, Dallas and Salem, are co-sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Administrator earns priase during review

Polk County Administrator Greg Hansen received a glowing annual performance evaluation.

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