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Dixon officials assemble nearly $8 million list

Budget review continues Thursday; new fire truck, roadwork, other projects discussed

DIXON – The City Council has reviewed about $7.8 million it wants to tackle in capital projects and other endeavors during the past 2 days.

In the capital fund, which is financed by surplus revenue in the general fund, the city is looking to spend north of $1 million in projects proposed for fiscal year 2019, which starts May 1.

Those projects include a variety of work across departments, such as technology upgrades and new vehicles and equipment.

The proposed budget also makes room for about $1.8 million for resurfacing roads throughout the city, doing street repairs at Oakwood Cemetery and replacing the water main along Depot Avenue with infrastructure funds, which generate revenue through the half-percent infrastructure sales tax.

Plans also call for buying a new fire truck for $500,000 out of the emergency vehicle fund.

The city’s capital fund is projected to see less revenue across the next several years as more money will be needed toward growing fire and police pension liabilities, which make up $1.7 million for FY19 and will increase to $2.2 million in FY20.

“Pensions continue to consume more and more in our budget,” City Manager Danny Langloss said. “To do nothing is like having cancer and doing nothing.”

The city’s general fund, its main budget artery, is projected to bring in close to $9.6 million in revenue and about $8.87 million in expenses leaving an excess of $724,495, plus $30,000 transferred from the police department’s confiscated property fund to cover drug task force expenses.

Of that, $335,000 will go toward fire pensions because the amount generated from the tax levy isn’t enough to cover the pension costs, and $415,000 will go into the capital projects fund.

NEXT MEETING

The City Council's next budget workshop will be at 4 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.

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

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