It seems there is overwhelming support and consideration for the city manager form of government in Dixon. As someone who has gone to the task force meetings and council meetings to better educate myself, I do find I like the city manager form of government; however, there are two very big discrepancies holding me back from fully supporting it, and I’d like fellow voters to stop for a moment and consider them as well.
1. The Rita Crundwell thefts occurred in large part because too much power and blind trust was put into one person. In the city manager form of government, one person is granted much power over the city by state statute, and that cannot be changed. That one person essentially becomes the CEO of our city. Hillary Clinton said something along the lines of, “Government is not like a business; it is a trust.”
With the city manager form of government, we leave the door open, once again, to one person having too much power in our city. Maybe it won’t happen, but we leave the door open. I want to see that door closed and locked.
2. In Illinois’ infinite wisdom, the commission form of government has one extraordinary power to the people other forms don’t have. That is that all ordinances must be placed on file and be available for public inspection at least 7 days before the council adopts them. This power should be available for all forms of government, but don’t forget, we do live in Illinois after all. I personally would hate to see what this current council would do without that check in place.
I’m not supporting any form of government yet; I’m undecided. I’d just like other people to consider this before they go to vote for or against a form of government on election day.