By: Kate Pabich
The City of Dixon is getting back 40 of the 53 million dollars former Comptroller Rita Crundwell embezzled.
Everyone in the Illinois city has an opinion on what to do with the extra cash.
It' not a bad problem to have in Dixon, a discussion over what to do with 40 million dollars.
It was a packed room Thursday night in Dixon as citizens filed in to see how the money they were deprived of for so long will be put to use.
The night started with a presentation from City Finance Director Paula Meyer.
"These are 3 things that I feel that we must do."
She says with the debt the city has incurred, it would be best to pay it off and use the 14.5 million to pay the bond payments the city will have come 2021.
"This is an example of where it's breaking see the breaking on the joint."
She adds that the sewer system isn't looking too good.
It's 50 year old clay tile will soon be a big problem for the city if they don't fix it soon.
"All of us have suffered, all of us citizens. I think there should be a full real estate tax abatement for one year"
And a few more ideas were thrown out like bringing more recreation to the city, like utilizing the Rock River.
But fixing the old run down old Memorial Pool was also a big sticking point.
"It closed about 12 years ago, it was in the same time frame of the scandal in Dixon."
Some say having a public pool in Dixon should be a first priority.
"Children are a priority and to keep them busy and off the couch and off the electronics, they need physical activities."
Again no decisions were made, it was just informative and bouncing around ideas.
The city will not actually get any of these funds until the end of the year and hopefully they can begin work then.