Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Occupy Philadelphia costs hit $230,000 for week one

We just got the updated numbers from city Budget Director Rebecca Rhynhart on the price tag for the Occupy Philadelphia protest.

Occupy Philadelphia costs hit $230,000 for week one


We just got the updated numbers from city Budget Director Rebecca Rhynhart on the price tag for the Occupy Philadelphia protest.

For the first week, the city shelled out $230,000, mostly in police overtime to man the tent city that sprung up next to City Hall on Oct. 6. The other costs include setting up a police command center, as well as public property and sanitaiton expenses.

Rhynhart said that some of those expenses were one-time deals and that the overtime costs have been dropping, so the projected weekly expense going forward is $112,000.

These numbers do not include the use of straight police time -- redeploying officers already on duty. And Rhynhart said it wasn't yet clear if the costs would force the city to make further cuts to balance the budget.

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