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Budget system might get overhaul in Dixon

Current process ‘a little misleading’

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – In an effort to implement more “best practice” systems within the city, the Dixon City Council will consider changing part of its budgeting process, Mayor Jim Burke said.

The City Council is expected, at its regular meeting tonight, to place on file an ordinance that would switch the city from an appropriations system to a budget system for financial planning and management.

In an appropriations system, the city allocates the maximum the city could spend for a project, Mayor Jim Burke said, while the budgeting system would allocate what the city expects the cost to be.

For example, an appropriations system might say the city can spend up to $150,000 for a project estimated to cost $100,000, while a budgeting system would reflect only the $100,000.

The appropriations system can be “a little misleading,” Burke said, because it reflects the most that could be spent for a project.

State law requires a budget officer for a budgeting system, Burke said, adding that Paula Meyer, the city’s finance director, would fill that position in Dixon.

The City Council will also vote to place on file a contract between Dixon Tourism and Midwest Entertainers Inc.

The contract is for four musical tributes, Burke said, which will be fundraisers to help build the President Ronald Reagan Lifeguard Statue at Lowell Park. Three of the tributes will be held at the Dixon Theater and one at Dixon High School, Burke said.

The musical tributes, which could start in the spring, will feature covers of well-known musicians or bands, Burke said.

The statue’s design will be revealed during a news conference at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 6, Burke said.

The City Council is also expected receive audit presentations from the past two fiscal years, confirm appointments to three city boards, and place on file an engineering agreement for the Palmyra Street water main lining project, among other items.

To attend

The Dixon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. today 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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