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Balanced budget on file

General fund operating at $5,000 to $6,000 surplus

DIXON – The City Council is set to approve a budget with a surplus of between $5,000 and $6,000 for fiscal year 2013-14.

The city will have a cushion of $160,000 in its capital projects and $90,000 in its equipment fund for emergency products throughout the year, Finance Director Paula Meyer said at a budget hearing Monday, where the budget was placed on file.

It will be finalized at the next City Council meeting on July 15. Commissioners agreed no other budget session was needed.

Meyer said the budget includes the anticipated $10 million in restitution from the sale of former comptroller Rita Crundwell’s assets.

Meyer wasn’t certain when that money will arrive, but said it will be used to balance several negative funds.

The city will see one-time savings from former City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen’s $50,000 to $60,000 salary, said Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the City Council.

He does not expect a city administrator to be hired until Oct. 1, when commissioners will determine the salary. Langloss is serving as a de facto administrator at no extra pay.

The city also is looking to give $25,000 to Dixon Main Street in addition to the $25,000 or $33,000 that will be appropriated.

Commissioner Colleen Brechon said organizations that receive money from the city next year should be required to give a report of what that money was spent on and the reasons for their requests.

Commissioner Jeff Kuhn agreed.

Dixon resident Carol Fisher had questions about the 3 percent increase to sewer rates. Commissioner David Blackburn said those rates were approved years ago at the recommendation of the engineering firm to pay for maintenance of the wastewater plant.

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