Making cents June 5, 2014

Making cents June 5, 2014

Making cents: A local look at the cost of doing business:

$483.96 What a room for two with a king bed and sofa-sleeper will run you for two nights at the swanky Hyatt Place over Labor Day weekend. The downtown Champaign hotel-to-be expects to open in late June and is now taking online reservations for July 8 and beyond. The Wi-Fi's free, the fitness center's open 24-7, and the family pet's welcome to stay with you for an extra $75. (But no porkers permitted: the hotel's weight limits are 49 pounds for one dog, 74 combined if two furry friends will be joining you).

$35 million Estimated price tag for a new Monticello High School — $31 million of it for construction costs, $4 million for land acquisition, fees, design and development dollars. The idea is still in the discussion stage, but Superintendent Vic Zimmerman is taking it seriously. "We have a quality issue," he said. Sage Voices — a facilities-focused committee of district residents, teachers and administrators — will delve deeper at its next meeting, set for 7 tonight at the high school.

$10,000 Grant money to be divvied up between Champaign Central High School and Danville District 118. The Mason, Mich.-based Dart Foundation made the announcement Wednesday, part of its annual youth education initiative. Schools can apply for up to $5,000 in grant money; the 92 selected this year will share $360,500. Central's grant will go toward equipment and materials for an industrial technology program. Danville plans to use its $5,000 to implement "Project Lead the Way" curriculum in three fifth-grade classrooms.

$3.8 million Payroll for a medical-marijuana cultivation center that would employ 100 people and be based in LeRoy. So says Greg Steffen, who told his fellow city council members that a businessman has expressed interest in setting up shop in one of two communities in state police District 6, including theirs. Steffen wouldn't name the company or LeRoy's competitor but got the room's attention when he talked potential dollar figures — $38,000 in property taxes for the city, another $235,000 for the school district. Other communities who land such facilities "do the happy dance," Mayor Steve Dean said.

$31,253 Cost of the newest vehicle in Georgetown's crime-fighting fleet — a 2015 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor. It will replace a 4-year-old squad car, which Alderman Darrell Acord said would likely be sold. Mayor Kay Sanders said the department's fourth, older squad car would likely be sold as well, leaving the city's police with three newer cars.

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