All content, of both the original and this blog, is written from my point of view and is my opinion. I believe it to be accurate at the time it is written. ~ Kyle Prast, Brookfield resident since 1986

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Just how much is $108.8 million dollars? Part 2

Just 23 more days until Millions of Dollars Tuesday

Read Part 1 first.

So how do we visualize what $108,800,000.00 would look like in cash?

In a fun read on economics, Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, the author Richard Maybury explained how much a million was. I will use his figures to give you an idea of the staggering amount the Elmbrook School District is asking of its taxpayers.

Take $108,800,000.00 in $1.00 bills and lay them end to end. Walk on the trail of dollars. You would need 3,626.67 hours to do that.

How long would that trail of dollars stretch? 10,880 miles! How long is that? Imagine you go on a walking trip. The trip would look something like this:

Starting from your home in Brookfield:
  • Walk to Disneyland, CA
  • Do an about face, back across the country and head south to the Everglades, FL
  • Next, head up north to Arcadia National Park, ME (I always wanted to visit there.)
  • Aim back to the southwest to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico (another destination on my wish list).
  • Then trek back home to Brookfield!

You would still have about 300 miles to spare.

It would take you 151 days make that trip (walking day and night). That means if you started walking on Election Day, April 3, you would finish your trip just in time to get ready for the first day of the 2007-2008 school year!

If you are more of a world traveler, you could walk from Brookfield to Hong Kong. Of course crossing the ocean would be a bit of a trick.

The question is: Are you willing to walk that far?

LINKS: Betterbrookfield, Brookfieldnow, Practically Speaking

Stay tuned for part 3: Going the extra mile


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