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Audit to be presented at next meeting in Dixon

Report to include end of Rita Crundwell era

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon City Council was scheduled to get an audit presentation about its previous 2 fiscal years Monday night, but that will have to wait until later this month.

The city’s fiscal year goes from May 1 to April 30, Finance Director Paula Meyer said.

The 2012 fiscal year ended about 2 weeks after former Comptroller Rita Crundwell was arrested for stealing nearly $54 million in city funds over two decades.

The canceled meeting was originally postponed because of the cold, and it was expected to be rescheduled for later this week. But on Tuesday, Mayor Jim Burke announced in a news release that the meeting wouldn’t be rescheduled.

The next City Council meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

During that meeting, Wipfl will give the audit presentation for fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

The City Council also was scheduled to vote on hospital board appointments and place on file an engineering agreement for work on the Palmyra Street water main. Those items and the others will be addressed Jan. 21.

The audits – and the 2012 fiscal year audit, specifically – give the city “some real numbers” to reflect its financial standing and accounting practices, Burke said.

While the audits don’t check for fraud, Meyer said, they do audit and accurately represent the money and financial liabilities a city has.

Beginning with the 2012 audit, the city has “some solid numbers moving forward,” Burke said, adding that the audit would serve as a “final financial closure” to 2012 and be an “audit with integrity.”

To attend

The Dixon City Council next meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

Go to or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.

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