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Deputy chief, Main Street topics at next budget talks

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – The City Council plans to discuss an increase to Main Street’s funding and talk about the need for a deputy fire chief, among other items, at tonight’s budget session.

At Dixon’s last session, $10,852 more in cuts was needed to balance the city’s budget, Finance Director Paula Meyer said.

The City Council must approve a budget at its first meeting in July, meaning all items are subject to change until then. Mayor Jim Burke said the budget will be balanced at the end of talks.

Dixon Main Street has asked the City Council for $33,000 – more than double the $14,000 appropriation it received the past 2 years. Commissioners have put aside $15,000.

Main Street’s budget is about $100,000. Fundraisers, donations, grants and the city’s contribution fund the group; it gets no federal or state money.

Commissioner Dennis Considine and Burke said they are willing to increase Main Street’s allocation but aren’t sure by how much just yet, suggesting perhaps an annual increase that reaches $33,000 over time.

The tentative budget includes $80,000 for a deputy fire chief.

At its last session, fire Chief Tim Shipman told the City Council the item for a deputy chief is not final, and he will have a new proposal at tonight’s session.

To attend

Dixon’s budget workshop begins at 6 p.m. today in council chambers, 121 W. Second St.

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

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