Dixon city leaders are working on specifics of how to allocate millions of dollars recovered from the Rita Crundwell scandal. The former city treasurer is behind bars for embezzling $53 million over more than two decades.
Earlier this week, newly elected council members voted to repeal approval of some initiatives from the previous council. That includes money for many one-time expenses, like Christmas decorations and a boat docks project. They may revisit those topics later.
According to Sauk Valley Media reporter Brenden West, the new leadership has made it clear they want to take a fresh look at the best use of the money.
"It's not necessarily a tone like 'we disagree with what so-and-so thought we should do with these funds,' West explains. "It's more like 'we are five different people looking at a budget we didn't create, so we are going to take a step back and take ownership of this budget.' "
He reports the new council ratified several resolutions related to the Crundwell money. Nearly $5.2 million remains.
The council approved reallocating $25,000 of the Crundwell dollars toward addressing city nuisances in case Dixon needs to litigate a demolition matter.