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Dateline Dixon: Police fundraiser brings $15K for Honor Flight

City gets audit presentation

Published: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 11:10 a.m. CDT
Bags for the Brave, a bag tournament held in conjunction with Blue, Brews and BBQ along the Dixon riverfront, raised about $15,000 for the Honor Flight program.

The bags tournament and fundraiser held downtown last Saturday could become an annual event.

The Bags for the Brave event attracted about 2,000 people, 20 bags teams and brought in about $15,000, which will go toward 30 Lee County veterans making an Honor Flight trip to the nation’s capital, according to a news release from Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss.

The majority of the money raised came from business sponsorships, he said.

“There is nothing more important than honoring our veterans,” Langloss said in the release. “We must never forget what they sacrificed for our country.”

Honor Flight is an organization that takes World War II veterans on trips to Washington, District of Columbia, to visit war memorials.

The event was held in partnership with Dixon Main Street’s “Blues, Brews and BBQ” event.

Audit presentation

Financially speaking, the city is in good shape.

That was the message delivered by Wipfli’s Rory Sohn during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting as he gave the audit presentation for the city’s 2013-14 fiscal year, which ended April 30.

One area that could be improved, he said, was the contributions to the pension funds. The Dixon Police Department pensions are funded at 69 percent, the Fire Department at 58 percent.

Sohn said the average pension funding level for cities in the country was 74 percent.

The city previously considered a review of its financial controls, but the council voted 3-2 against it last month. The commissioners voting against it said they were confident on the controls that were put in place in the past year.

“The current controls of the city were operating very effectively,” Sohn said. “We test internal controls when we do the audit. We test the bank reconciliation and the invoicing and the documentation. Those were all operating very effectively for the city.”

Sauk Valley Media reporter Matt Mencarini covers government and happenings in Dixon. He can be reached at or at 815-625-3600, ext. 5529. Follow him on Twitter: @MattMencarini

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