Rita Crundwell Case
5:51 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ideas Abound For Dixon's $40-Million

About 200 people showed up for a town hall meeting in Dixon last night to hear more about the financial state of their city…and offer suggestions on how to spend nearly 40-million dollars.

Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Dixon's Finance Director Paula Meyer and Police Chief Danny Langloss lead the town hall meeting.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Some wanted sewer and property tax breaks. Others wanted street repairs. A group cheered loudly every time fixing or replacing the public pool was brought up. The audience responded favorably to recommendations by Finance Director Paula Meyer: she would like the city to pay back money it borrowed from its own operating funds, pay off three long-term bonds, and start a rainy-day fund. She has another goal for the city:  

I certainly see a Dixon that doesn’t have to worry about whether or not they’re going to have to make payroll anymore. And that was definitely a concern here for a long time.

The money should be available by the end of the year. Most of it comes from settlements with auditors and a bank for not catching former comptroller Rita Crundwell, who embezzled 53-million dollars over two decades. The rest comes from sales of her assets.

City council members expect to hire a city administrator in less than a month, if the person they’ve chosen passes background checks. The administrator will work with the council on deciding how to spend the 40-million.