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Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

Axios Des Moines combed through the Polk County Assessor's website to find the area's five most expensive homes — at least in terms of their officially assessed value.

1. $3,945,400: 3400 block of Lincoln Place Drive in Des Moines.

Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

2. $3,000,000: 1300 block of NE Tuscany Boulevard in Ankeny.

Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

3. $2,908,000: 1000 block of Tulip Tree Lane in West Des Moines.

Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

4. $2,824,500: 2400 block of NE Bellagio Court in Ankeny.

Photo courtesy of the Polk County Assessor

5. $2,803,800: 4000 block of Turnberry Drive in West Des Moines.

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This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Polk County to launch new rental assistance program

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A major new rent assistance program will launch next week for Polk County residents who are struggling, Eric Kool, director of Polk's Community, Family and Youth Services told Axios.

The state of play: The Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be paid by a $14 million federal allocation to DSM and Polk County for pandemic relief. It's part of a larger $195 million relief package for Iowa.

A bad year for Des Moines' bus system

Reproduced from Des Moines Area Transit Authority; Chart: Axios Visuals

The total number of rides were increasing on Des Moines' public transit system. Then the pandemic hit.

What happened: Social distancing and remote work/schooling led to overall monthly ride decreases between 50-60% as compared to the previous year.

Des Moines is set to see massive swings in property values

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Hotels, bars and restaurants will lose 30% of their value in upcoming reassessments, Polk County assessor Randy Ripperger said in a meeting Wednesday with the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa.

By the numbers: The value of homes, multi-residential properties and warehouses will go way up as compared to 2019 — 8%, 22% and 35%, respectively— according to the preliminary assessments.

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