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2016-2017 Application Cycle 

Polk County will begin accepting applications for Business Development grants for the 16/17 program funding cycle on July 15, 2016. Business Development Grants support projects focused on business expansion and creation of new jobs in the agriculture, traded sector, and tourism industries within Polk County.

Polk County Behavioral Health is excited to announce an expansion of our forensic services. A partnership with the Circuit Courts and Polk County Community Corrections has led to the development of a Mental Health Court. This program will serve individuals who have been charged with lower level crimes and exhibit severe and persistent mental health issues. We hope to accept our first participant into the program in late January 2016. Services provided will include pre-trial diversion, jail in-reach, intensive case management, therapy and groups.

For more information, please email Sara Dotson at dotson.sara@co.polk.or.us.

June 2016 
From Sheriff Mark Garton

I want to take a moment to let everyone know what has been happening at your Sheriff’s Office during the past few months. The Sheriff’s Office has been working hard towards honoring the promises that were stated during the campaign for the public safety levy. Since the voters passed the levy, your Sheriff’s Office immediately took action to rebuild the office and follow through on the promises that were made during the levy campaign. 

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The Polk County Assessor’s Office certified the 2015-2016 Tax Roll to the County Clerk. This will authorize the County Tax Collector to start the process of mailing tax statements and collection of taxes. Linda Fox, County Tax Collector, plans to mail statements on October 19, and taxes are due November 16.

Taxes may be paid by mail, at the Tax Office in the Courthouse at 850 Main Street, Second Floor, Dallas, or using the County online tax payment system available on the County website.  If you have questions about where to pay your taxes or how to pay your taxes, please call the Tax Office at 503-623-9264.  

 

Ballots must be received on or before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday November 8th, 2016. 
Postmarks do not count.

Preliminary unofficial results will be available November 8th, 2016 after 8:00 p.m.

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Eric Berry, County Surveyor

Eric Berry, County Surveyor, also serves as a Polk County reserve deputy. Fortunately, earlier this month Eric was in the right place at the right time. He was instrumental in assisting  a Lincoln County deputy on his way to WOU at the scene of a Highway 223 accident.

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Recently, Polk County taxpayers with property taxes due have been receiving letters from an individual in the County threatening foreclosure and offering to help by purchasing the property. These letters are misleading and are not from the County. The letters have a heading of  “TAX DEED SALE LETTER”. If you receive one of these letters, contact the Polk County tax office with any questions you might have about the status of your property tax. Tax Office: 503-623-9264

Sheriff Mark Garton

On November 30th, 2015 at 10 a.m., Sheriff Mark Garton was sworn in as the 37th Polk County Sheriff.  Judge Sally Avera presided over the ceremony, which was held in the Polk County Courthouse.   Garton was appointed by the Polk County Board of Commissioners with a unanimous vote to replace retiring Sheriff Bob Wolfe. 

“I am honored to be your Sheriff and I will work tireless towards restoring this office to the highest level it can achieve,” Garton said.