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Polk County’s budget for 2022-23

A by the numbers look at the $2.4 billion budget for the upcoming year.

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Polk County commissioners have adopted a $2.4 billion budget for the upcoming year (2022-23). Here’s a by the numbers look at some of the improvements outlined:

  • 35. The number of new positions Polk County will add. Public safety + health roles (like fire rescue and utilities) will make up 17 of these positions. Plus, a 5% phased-in pay raise for current employees.
  • $94 million. That’s how much the county will set aside in one-time capital investments. (Think: Long term projects like infrastructure and construction.)
  • $26 million. That amount designated for phases two and three of fire station development.
  • $26.7 million. The funds being dedicated to reducing traffic on US 27 via an extension of Thompson Nursery Road to connect with US 17.

To learn more about the 2022-23 budget, read more here. (The Ledger)