City of Tampa will not be reimbursed for $677,000 in RNC costs listen11/22/13 Seán Kinane
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The City of Tampa released 2012 Republican National Convention expenditure information Friday. The City spent more than $49 million dollars on the convention, but most of it was reimbursed by a federal grant. Tampa was left on the hook for nearly $677,000 for things like salary and benefits for some city staff, equipment and loss of parking revenue.
U.S. taxpayers footed most of the city's bill, to the tune of more than $48 million. Consultants and contracts made up nearly $26 million of that. Personnel costs and fringe benefits came to $3 million and Tampa was reimbursed more than $16 million dollars for equipment and supplies.
According to the documents the city spent and was reimbursed more than $133,000 for what are called Pepper Ball Impact Munitions. They are described as "an assortment of chemical aerosols, irritant gases, less-lethal impact munitions, and distraction devices that can be used to disperse unruly crowds and interrupt criminal attacks on persons and property."
And Tampa spent more than $1.7 million on insurance for "Occupational Accident Policy/Law Enforcement Liability Policy/Special Event Policy and deductibles for coverage during the RNC."
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