Dixon Neighbors Discuss Change to City Manager

DIXON (WIFR) -- In the wake of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell stealing millions of dollars from their city, some people in Dixon are urging voters to say yes to a new style of government.

There's a question on the November ballot asking voters if the Dixon should have a professional city manager handling the books. Neighbors learned more about this type of government at a meeting on Tuesday night. There would still be a mayor and four city commissioners but a city manager would be hired to run the day to day operations. That’s how it is done in Rockford and Beloit. Some neighbors say they'd prefer to have an experienced person handling business in Dixon.

“It’s a complex situation to deal with finances and human resources and all the various parts of the city and so I think it is important that we have somebody managing that’s been trained,” says Marilyn Coffey. “I think we need to move on but I think we need to have learned a lesson."

If voters say yes to the new form of government, it would be put in place next fiscal year which is begins next May. Dixon’s mayor and 4 city commissioners are up for re-election next April.

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