JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville metropolis officers are searching for reimbursement for greater than $150,000 in bills for regulation enforcement prices, consulting charges and different funds spent making ready to host the Nationwide Republican Conference that by no means befell of their metropolis.
The festivities, which have been to be held in Jacksonville in August to formally reanoint President Donald Trump because the Republican nominee for president, was scuttled due to issues over the coronavirus.
Metropolis officers advised the Florida Occasions-Union that they’ve been assured by the 2020 Jacksonville Host Committee that will probably be repaid.
Jacksonville had been chosen to host Trump and different Republicans in late August after a disagreement over social distancing with North Carolina’s Democratic governor prompted the occasion to cut back festivities in Charlotte.
Jacksonville officers, together with Mayor Lenny Curry, had brazenly sought to host the occasion. Curry had assured residents that taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook for the conference.
Jordan Elsbury, chief of workers for the mayor, mentioned the town and the host committee have been “working collectively over the previous couple of weeks to resolve any balances the town had.”
He mentioned the town has been assured “well timed cost.”
An bill dated Oct. 6 exhibits the town’s itemized bills, together with: $69,974 in extra time prices for the Sheriff’s Workplace, $9,862 for the Fireplace and Rescue Division and $69,777 to a consulting agency that was aiding the town safe greater than $30 million in federal grants to assist pay for safety in the course of the multiday occasion.
In a report back to the Federal Election Fee, the host committee didn’t present any funds to the town, the Occasions-Union reported.