If we’re talking about garbage collection, building permits, zoning laws, water and utility services, taxes and impact fees, etc., we’re likely in the Boardroom of the County Administration Building in Bartow. That’s where the Polk County Board of County Commissioners meets twice a month, at meetings that are open to the public. This five-member governing body of Polk County, all elected officials, addresses the concerns of residents to keep Polk County running smoothly. Other functions, including the Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Clerk of Courts and Sheriff are filled by elected Constitutional Officers.
Boards and Committees
Polk County’s residents can play a significant role in the governmental process by joining advisory groups. These groups, assembled to serve in specific areas, gather and weigh information before presenting it to the county’s commissioners.
Planning and Development
Everyone knows that Polk County’s population is growing at a rapid rate. Planning and Development works to make sure that growth is done the right way, in alignment with land development regulations and building codes.
For misdemeanor offenses, the Polk County Probation section of Polk County Court Services offers convicted defendants an alternative to jail cells.
Housing Financing Authority
Polk County’s Housing Finance Authority was created to alleviate and remedy the shortage of housing and capital for investment in housing in Polk.