The figure is an initial estimate, [Springfield Mayor Tim
Davlin] said, and "some of that's going to change and go a little
"Whatever the cost was, we've got to absorb it, we've got to come up
with a way to pay for it because it was worth it, and we had to do it," Davlin
There also could be some overtime costs for public works, fire
department and City Water, Light and Power employees, but police overtime will
be the most costly expense of the dedication, Davlin said, adding that the final
numbers could take several more weeks to compile.
That's really not too bad, I guess. We'll see when the final figures are in. Of course those only direct City expenditures. Disruption costs to business, etc. would also add to the overall bottom line. And I hate to think of what the federal government spent to get the president in and out of here. Then there's the State (there were a ton of State cops in town that day). I bet even Sangamon County incurred some expense.
I agree that the city needed to make an investment in the dedication. Its going to more than pay for itself in the long run. But how much could have been saved overall if the president had not been here?