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City Council budget talks to continue

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 1:15 a.m.CST

DIXON – After being postponed twice this month, city officials will be back at the table tonight to continue their efforts to cut $2.4 million from a list of hopeful projects, equipment and personnel.

At the end of the last budget talks, Finance Director Paula Meyer said the city will have a projected general fund balance of at least $900,000. Mayor Jim Burke was clear, “there won’t be an unbalanced budget.”

Talks involving Dixon commissioners and city department directors are expected to begin on capital projects and personnel requests.

The session, the third for the City Council, has been postponed twice, after it was revealed former City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen used city-issued credit cards for personal use.

Budget workshops have been scheduled on the opposite Monday of City Council meetings with the goal of finishing sometime in May.

The $900,000 balance is needed to help build up the fund that was left $3.4 million in the red, because of the nearly $54 million theft by former Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

To attend

Today's budget workshop begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 121 W. Second St.

Go to and click on "Citizens Information Center" or call City Hall, 815-288-1485, for an agenda or more information.

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