On The Money: For $426.26 ...

On The Money: For $426.26 ...

A local look at the cost of doing business


The daily rate that St. Joseph, which doesn't have a police department of its own, will soon pay for a Champaign County sheriff's office deputy to spend eight hours a day in the village. The new rate kicks in a week from today. It's up from the current $402 a day and will increase over the newly signed three-year contract — to $438 in August 2015 and $450 a year later.


Combined raises for 27 Danville school district administrators. Superintendent Mark Denman said they were awarded based on employee performance. The biggest earner of the 27: Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, the district's associate superintendent and a former Peoria Manual principal. Her salary climbed from $130,000 to $134,179.


The going rate for a storage cooler that could fit up to three corpses. Piatt County doesn't have one — "we ship (bodies) to Champaign, Bloomington, other areas" that do, says Coroner Troy Dunn. It hasn't been a burden yet but Dunn still worries. "These counties are under no obligation to take any of our cases, so we may run into a disaster that hits a widespread area and we're on our own."


What Paxton will soon begin charging to mow foreclosed or abandoned properties. The $250-a-lot increase is intended to motivate mortgage companies to either maintain the land or find a contractor who'd likely charge much less, said Street Superintendent Randy Swan. "We may never get our money," Swan said, adding that the city mows mostly to make the neighbors happy.

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whatithink wrote on July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

$400 a day for a cop you never see.  

Martin1 wrote on July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am
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Unless you drive by the Highschool...

GeneralLeePeeved wrote on July 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

A town of roughly 4k people and no police force......how much longer are they going to get away with that?

Martin1 wrote on July 25, 2014 at 11:07 am
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Homer has one and they are about 1/2 the size...
Granted though, St Joseph has a large residency of law enforcement - State, County and even Urbana.