UPDATE: DIXON (WIFR) -- It’s been a year and a half full of questions and concerns after learning of the Rita Crundwell scandal, especially from Dixon residents. After all, it was their tax dollars that were stolen by the former city comptroller. But tonight residents got to weigh in on how $40 million should be spent; that's the amount the city is getting back after a settlement.
"We have all been punched in the gut." Those are the words Dixon Police Chief Danny Langloss began with as he addressed Dixon families.
He continued, "Anger, disgust, embarrassment."
Although most people are upset that Rita Crundwell stole nearly $54 million dollars, the next step is how to better their city to the tune of $40 million.
Many people spoke up about road and sewer repairs.
"I think the streets (need repair) and the downtown of Dixon, the beautification of downtown Dixon," said Dixon resident John Weitzel.
Paying off the city's $21 million debt is another suggestion.
Resident Carol Fisher said, "Replenish the funds that were stolen, and then take a look at the debt and then after that, infrastructure in the city, the sewers, the water lines, and the streets."
Finance Director Paula Meyer thinks the money should be spent in this order; paying debt and establishing a reserve, followed by road and sewer repairs.
Mayor Jim Burke says he's considering all options.
"I'm keeping a very open mind on this thing because we don't want to rush into it, we want to be very prudent, we want to get public intake on it."
DIXON (WIFR) – It’s been a year and a half full of questions and concerns after learning of the Rita Crundwell scandal, especially from Dixon residents. After all, it was their tax dollars that were stolen by the former city comptroller.
Now, families could finally get a say about how some on how some of that recouped money is spent.
Community members will gather tonight at Loveland Community House in Dixon, just a few blocks from city hall, to suggest how the city should spend $40 million dollars.
That’s the amount it’s getting back after a settlement with former auditors and Fifth Third Bank. The lawsuit argued that they should have caught the nearly $54 million dollar theft that Crundwell stole over two decades. City leaders are expected to update residents on Dixon’s finances and suggested uses for the money. However, residents will be able to offer their input as well.
The City doesn’t have this money just yet. It’s expected to get it by the end of the year. They’re also supposed to get about $10 million in restitution from the feds, however attorney’s fees will cost about $10 million.
Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. at 513 West Second Street.