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Polk Charter


The Polk County Charter was developed in 1997 by a Charter Commission appointed by the County Commission and the Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Clerk of Courts, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser). The Charter Commission developed the Charter and submitted it to the voters for their reaction in the November 1998 general election. Voters approved it by a wide margin.

The Charter requires that by July 1st of every eighth year after 2001 a Charter Review Commission again be appointed to review the Charter and to present to the Board of County Commissioners any recommended revisions.

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Amendments on the Ballot in November 2018

Polk County Efficiency Commission

At its final meeting in January 2014, the Efficiency Commission voted to recommend that the Charter be changed to eliminate the Commission. This amendment terminates the current Charter requirement to appoint the Polk County Efficiency Commission every eight years and amends Charter provisions related to appointment standards, qualifications, duties of members and other officers, commission reports and required responses.

Term Limits

Currently, Commissioners are term-limited after two, four-year terms. This will amend the County Charter to allow an incumbent to appear on the ballot for re-election to the office of County Commissioner for 12 consecutive years. Service as a Commissioner before November 20, 2018 shall be counted against the term limitation.

Charter Review Reform

Amends the County Charter to increase the time between appointments of the mandatory Polk County Charter Review Commission to 12 years. Adds explanatory language to the County Charter confirming the County Commission's authority to propose charter amendments and to create a special advisory charter review board at any time.


  • J. Bart Allen, Esq.
  • Casandra Denmark
  • Bob English
  • Mike Hickman
  • Alice Hunt
  • Lisa Jensen
  • Greg Masters
  • Charles McPherson
  • Patty Schmidt
  • Christian Spinosa
  • Robert Stanz
  • Ramon Vicioso
  • Clay Watkins

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