Polk County Service District and Property Tax Measure, 2010
This measure was approved
- YES 11,175 (64.31%)
- NO 6,200 (35.69%)
The measure proposed creating an educational service district and instituting a property tax. The measure called for an additional tax of $15 on a $200,000 home per year. Since it was approved the tax is expected to generate approximately $335,000. The funds will be used for office supplies, travel, space and staff support.
The measure was developed after news that the Polk County Extension Service will close in 2010. Currently, in 2009, the office is open only 3 days a week. In order to place the measure on the ballot petitioners had to collect a minimum of 6,215 valid signatures.  This number was reached and the measure was on the May ballot. This tax will help keep these services available to residents and others who come to the county to utilize these services.