DIXON – Since no resolution came of a proposal in January to consolidate services between Main Street, Riverfront and Tourism, Police Chief Danny Langloss will conduct an independent review of each group to determine the efficiency of such a move.
The special assistant to the City Council will give his recommendation in about 30 days for commissioners to consider as they determine how much each group will receive in the city’s budget.
After Monday’s budget talks, the City Council is looking at approving a budget $30,148 in the black, Finance Director Paula Meyer said. The City Council must approve a budget by its first meeting in July.
Langloss said $9 million or $10 million from the sales of Rita Crundwell’s assets is budgeted to relieve the debt in several accounts and could be in the city’s hands within 4 to 5 months.
That surplus includes a roughly $30,000 contribution to Dixon Tourism, $33,000 to Dixon Main Street, $10,000 to Next Picture Show and $1,000 to the Riverfront Commission.
City contributions to these organizations will come from about $75,000 in a public relations budget.
Main Street members recently asked for a $17,000 increase to their budget to handle the additional cost of events and to reach a funding level from the city at one-third its operating budget, which comes at the suggestion of Main Street’s national organization.
The City Council plans to fund each entity at its amount from last year until a final recommendation is made and voted on by commissioners. Main Street received $14,000 last year and Next Picture Show received nothing.
Langloss said he sees each group as an investment for the city but wants to research if tax dollars are being spent as efficiently as possible within those groups.
Langloss will meet with the leaders of each group, gather input from business leaders independent of them and talk with entities outside the city in his research.
Commissioner Colleen Brechon, a past president of Dixon Tourism, said her intuition is that Langloss will find the city’s groups are working efficiently.
Meyer said the city was able to balance its budget by wiping out nearly every personnel request, with the exception of seasonal part-time employees. Those budget cuts included a deputy fire chief originally budgeted at $80,000.
Fire Chief Tim Shipman said he would fill the responsibilities of that position from within his department at no extra cost to the city.
Overall, the city is looking at spending about $510,000 in equipment and $1.25 million in capital expenses.