On the money, July 30, 2014

On the money, July 30, 2014

A local look at the cost of doing business


Amount former Rantoul Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl says he is owed for sick days accrued. Sandahl, whose contract was not renewed by Mayor Chuck Smith in February, said the figure is based on 542.480 hours of sick leave he had accumulated. That's $74.38 an hour. The village contends he is not owed that money. Sandahl is threatening to sue.


Bargain the Gibson City Police Department will get on its top-of-the-line new vehicle, via the state's competitive bidding program. The best feature of the sleek 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Utility? Unlike the department's last two cars — Chevys that required maintenance in Paxton — the new one can be serviced next door to City Hall at Anderson Ford.


How much a proposed 1 percent Piatt County school facilities sales tax could generate annually for Monticello schools. That's one of two questions the school board has 15 more days to mull over before deciding whether they'll go on the November ballot. The other: Will you cover the costs of: a) building a new Monticello High School (estimated cost: $34,130,638) and b) converting the current, 91-year-old building into a district-wide elementary school ($4,153,974)?


What the kind folks of Cerro Gordo will spend to keep opposing fans' fannies comfy come fall. That's the price tag the school board signed off on for the purchase, delivery and installation of 10 rows of 33-foot, ADA-compliant bleachers for the visitor's side of the football field.

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