Polk County

County returning to business as usual, mostly

Most Polk County offices have resumed normal operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, County Judge Sydney Murphy said in a Tuesday meeting. Some departments continue to operate as teams, with a rotating potion of the staff working from home.

The policy was put in place early in the pandemic to prevent any department from shutting down due to staff exposure to the coronavirus or a positive diagnosis of a staff member. 

Some services require an appointment, Murphy added, to ensure Polk County offices are not inundated by requests from residents of other counties, particularly areas that continue to be classified as COVID-19 hot spots. Residents are encouraged to call before traveling to the courthouse for services such as passport applications. 

Social Media policy

Commissioners approved a social media policy for employees that prohibits posting photographs of uniformed employees, county facilities or buildings. 

Commissary proposals requested

The county is seeking proposals for resident banking software and commissary services for the county jail. A copy of the request for proposals is available here. Any proposal should be submitted to the Polk County Auditor’s Office no later than 2 p.m. Oct. 7.

Payroll tax deferment

After discussion of the proposed deferment of Social Security (FICA) payroll taxes, Commissioners voted unanimously to reject the deferment. 

Commissioner Tommy Overstreet asked whether the federal government had made the deferment mandatory. 

County Treasurer Terri Williams explained that the county was not required to offer the deferment. 

“What worries me is if they quit between now and then, the county would be liable for the taxes,” Williams added.

Murphy noted that the county employees she asked about their interest, said they were not interested in the deferment since there was little to no benefit.

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