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Quorum Court Meets, Judge Optimistic About County Revenue

The Polk County Quorum Court met Tuesday and for the second month in a row met in the Courtroom at the Courthouse to allow for distancing, and were checked for fever before entering. While the meeting was open to the public, only elected officials and a few county employees were in attendance.

All eleven Justices of the Peace were present, even though one was present via technology.

The agenda was short with JPs taking care of routine business mainly.

Judge Brandon Ellison reported that the county sold some seized vehicles and miscellaneous items in the recent FFA fundraiser auction which netted $5,301. The money was spilt between the Sheriff’s Drug Control Fund and the Prosecutors Drug Control Fund. The other items netted $360 which will go to the Sheriff’s Department.

Judge Ellison told the JPs that he was pleased with the recent Sales Tax Report. The May 2020 sales tax collected (which was on sales in April) was only $345 less than last year.

While some counties have been much more severely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Polk County’s good financial condition and the better than expected sales tax report are good news and the Judge doesn’t see any need to look at cutting any services at this time.

Judge Ellison also told the JPs that the recent storms have not only damaged a lot of county roads buy also prevented his road crews from working.

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