Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville city officials are seeking to recoup more than $ 150,000 in law enforcement costs, consulting fees and other money spent preparing to host the still-unconnected Republican National Convention in their city.
Celebrations that had been scheduled to take place in Jacksonville in August to formally reappoint President Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president have been thwarted due to concerns about the coronavirus.
City officials told the Florida Times-Union That they have been reassured by the 2020 Jacksonville host committee that they will be repaid.
Jacksonville was chosen to host Trump and other Republicans in late August after a disagreement over social distancing with the Democratic governor of North Carolina, which prompted the party to scale back celebrations in Charlotte.
Jacksonville officials, including Mayor Lenny Curry, sought publicly to host the event. Curry assured the residents that taxpayers would not be in trouble for the agreement.
Jordan Elsbury, head of the mayor’s office, said the city and the host committee “have been working together over the past two weeks to resolve any balances the city has.”
He said the city had received “timely payment.”
A bill dated October 6 shows the city’s detailed expenditures, including: $ 69,974 for overtime costs for the sheriff’s office, $ 9,862 for the Fire and Rescue Department and $ 69,777 for a consulting firm that was helping the city secure more than $ 30 million in Federal grants to help pay for security during the multi-day event.
The Times-Union reported in a FEC report that the host committee had not shown any payments to the city.
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