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Council set to OK more financial reviews in Dixon

Contract likely to be placed on file Monday

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – A closer look at the city’s financial controls could be just around the corner.

The City Council is expected to vote next week to place on file a contract with the Naperville-based consulting firm Sikich, Mayor Jim Burke said.

The contract, which could cost between $27,000 and $35,000, will have the firm review financial controls that Finance Director Paula Meyer has implemented since she was hired in August 2012 and offer suggestions for additional controls or separation of duties.

Sikich sent a proposal to the city in April, but there was a delay in placing the contract on file because Meyer wanted to make sure recommendations would be included in the scope of the review.

Meyer was hired in the wake of the April 2012 arrested of former Comptroller Rita Crundwell.

Crundwell was later convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the city over 2 decades.

Separation of duties is difficult for small governments, businesses and organizations to achieve. It often can cost too much to have an ideal separation of duties, which is achieved by hiring more employees to handle different responsibilities within the finance department.

Meyer has set up the department so that a single employee cannot complete a transaction from start to finish, and that limits, by design, her ability to update or input information into the city’s accounting system.

The proposal from Sikich called for an 18-week review, with some procedures taking place at City Hall.

To attend

The Dixon City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at City Hall, 121 W. Second St., on the second floor in the Council Chambers.

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

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