Polk County, Iowa
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Polk County is one of 99 counties in Iowa. The population was 430,640 in the 2010 census, an increase from 374,601 in the 2000 census. The county seat is Des Moines, which is also the capital city of Iowa. Polk County is one of the five counties that make up the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.
- Main article: Evaluation of Iowa county websites
This website was reviewed on December 21, 2011.
- Budget is posted.
- County supervisors are listed with contact information.
- Meetings are listed, along with agendas, minutes, and audio.
- Information on building permits is provided.
- Auditor's financial reports are available.
- Current and past bids are viewable.
- Tax levy rates are provided. Property taxes can be paid online.
- Taxpayer funded lobbying efforts can be found as new contracts within each Board of Supervisor's agenda records.
- Administrative officials' names and contact details are not provided.
- Zoning ordinance for unincorporated Polk is not functional.
- Does not publish a comprehensive disclosure of membership in government sector lobbying organizations.
- Information is not provided on how to file a open records request.
The County's FY 2011-2012 budget is posted online. According to the document, the County's largest source of revenue is from property taxes, of which it collects a net total of $128,051,542. Total revenues for the year were expected to be $257,485,126. FY 2011-2012 expenditures were budgeted at $261,785,917, leaving a gap of $4,300,791. The County began the year with a fund balance of just over $60 million, and ended with a balance of $56 million.
The County elects a five member Board of Supervisors. The Board meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Its most important role is in crafting the county budget.Members are:
|Robert Brownell (dead link)||1||2012|
|E.J. Gionvannetti (dead link)||2||2012|
|Tom Hockensmith (dead link)||3||2014|
|John F. Mauro (dead link)||4||2014|
|Angela Connolly (dead link)||5||2014|
There are six other elected positions. They are:
|John P. Sarcone||Attorney|
The County does not provide details on administrative officials.
See also: Iowa state government salary
Pay tables are available for department heads, as well as elected officials.
|Board of Supervisors||$96,764|
|Director Community, Family, and Youth Services||$110,618|
|Director General Services||$117,560|
|Director Human Resources||$110,854|
|Director Public Health||$98,974|
|Director Public Works||$132,115|
See also: Iowa public pensions
Employees participate in the mandatory Iowa Public Employees Retirement Service. They are also able to voluntarily participate in a 457 deferred compensation plan.
See also: Iowa government sector lobbying
In 1999, Polk County reported $40,000 spent on lobbying.
Transparency & public records
- Recorder Public Records
- Auditor Public Records
- Treasurer Public Records
- Sheriff’s inmate listing
- Assessor Public Records
- GIS Maps
- Iowa on State Budget Solutions
- Polk County official website
- Polk County Assessor's Website
- Polk County Free Public Records Directory
- Polk County Recorder's Website