TULSA — The city of Tulsa released how much the recent Trump rally and protests cost taxpayers.
According to officials President Trump's rally cost the city an estimated $171,309 in police expenses. The rally estimate includes 3,359 overtime hours for pay at a $51 overtime rate and 731 hours of compensation earned.
The protests in the weeks leading up to and the weekend of the rally cost the city an estimated $278,919 in police expenses, city officials said. The estimate includes 5,469 overtimes hours for pay at a $51 overtime rate and 1,316 hours of compensation earned.
The campaign paid the costs of the event in advance (i.e. controlled costs in the event space(s)), but the City expected to incur expenses in coordinating street closures and coordinating with the Secret Service, as we did on a smaller scale when the Vice President visited Tulsa after our historic flood last year, and when then Vice President Biden was in town in 2015 (and when presidential candidates Clinton and Trump visited in 2016). We also expected to incur expenses coordinating and responding to anything that happened outside of the controlled event space, as we did during the protests.
City officials said overtime is variable and based on the events as they occurred. At this time, officials said they do not have all city costs from the events.
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