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High-priced fire truck is still upsetting

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

For many months the fact that the city of Dixon purchased an $800,000 “snorkel truck” when the city could not feed itself has always stuck in my craw.

I wrote two letters protesting the waste of those tax dollars. It’s my bet that this truck has never responded to a fire that it was truly needed for and probably never will.

With that said, the city commission voted to turn the purchase down because there was “just no money” to buy the truck. One to two weeks later, Jim Burke announced that the city had found money to buy the truck in a “non-revenue” account, and the commission voted to buy the truck for a total of $827,000 – almost $30,000 more that the original price mentioned.

I have waited for some time to send an FOIA to the city controller about where the money actually came from. Remember Jim Burke said it’s coming from a “non-revenue account” Well, taxpayers of Dixon, the board took out a loan for the useless $827,000 truck. 

Yes, when your streets are in terrible condition, you have terribly high utility rates, your mayor found it necessary to buy an $827,000 fire truck for Rita Crundwell’s friend, the fire chief.

Now this is exactly why you don’t want a commission form of government. Moreover, this is why you don’t want Jim Burke in government.

Unfortunately, the problem with government in this country is the baby boomers’ apathy. We may have raised hell in the ’60s, but since then we have let this county go to hell by our lazy, apathetic attitude. That attitude lets guys like Jim Burke get elected.

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