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City of Pleasant Hill

Posted on: March 10, 2022

Pleasant Hill City Council Approves Fiscal Year 2023 Budget with Major Capital Improvements Planned

Pleasant Hill City Council approved the City’s fiscal year 2023 budget with an unchanged tax levy of $11.50 per $1,000 valuation. In fiscal year 2020, it was lowered to the rate it is today and has remained unchanged since. This budget includes many items to continue to enhance our community’s safety and quality of life while keeping pace with the exponential growth Pleasant Hill continues to experience. 

“The unanimously approved budget focuses on the City Council’s priority to continue to provide a high quality of life while remaining committed to public safety,” Mayor Sara Kurovski said. “Through the hard work of Council and City staff, we met these goals while keeping the tax levy unchanged. We have listened to the residents and I am thrilled to share this budget includes many of these improvements.”

Monumental capital improvements include construction of a splash pad at Doanes Park, connecting Martha L Miller Drive between NE 70th Street and NE 75th Street to provide a direct connection from the new public safety building to the Southeast Polk Schools complex and new multipurpose stadium, installation of Traffic Adaptive lights along E University Avenue to improve traffic flow and reduce car emissions, adding a multi-purpose building with restrooms to Hickory Glen Park, and beginning phase one of development for Meacham Park. The City is also focused on maintaining its current roadways and has included in its budget the continuation of its annual street patching project to address wear on older roadways. This fiscal year will see the replacement of two police vehicles, the delivery of the City’s replacement fire ladder truck, funding for additional staffing for the Fire Department, and traffic signal battery backups to reduce the chance of traffic lights not working. These project will shape the future of Pleasant Hill. Now is the time for the development of an updated comprehensive plan to create a new roadmap for the City. Development will begin this year and include opportunities for input from all stakeholders and residents.

The City of Pleasant Hill is able to accomplish these projects without changing the tax levy due to the amount of economic growth and expansion it has experienced, in addition to grant opportunities. The City of Pleasant Hill is prioritizing the use of American Rescue Plan Act funding for storm water and flood reduction improvements.

The City of Pleasant Hill receives approximately 28 cents per $1.00 of paid property taxes. The remainder of property tax revenue is paid to either Southeast Polk School District or Des Moines Public Schools, Polk County, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines Area Community College, DART, Polk County Assessor, and Polk County Agriculture Extension. Polk County Assessor evaluates property values on odd numbered years.

Five public meetings were held to discuss the City of Pleasant Hill’s budget.

To learn more about the approved budget and to review the entire document, click here.

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