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Rochester not seeking security cost recovery for 2018 Trump visit

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — President Trump was on the ground in Rochester for just about four hours on October 14th, 2018. Extra security was on hand hours before that rally started. Security costs incurred by the city added up to $93,000.

“I think anytime you have a president visiting, it’s an unprecedented time for a community and your biggest goal is to make sure it’s a safe visit for everyone, not only the president, but also those in the community as well,” said Rochester Communications Manager Jenna Bowman.

With such a high profile visitor in town, Bowman said city officials had to ensure the safety of about 15,000 rally goers.

“It takes what it takes to ensure were meeting what we need to in terms of what it requires to keep the community safe,” Bowman said. The cost for the extra security is being paid through a special fund.

“Contingency fund is a part of the city budget annually and it’s to be there to account for unexpected costs as we go through the course of the year you know we have items that might come through that weren’t budgeted or a part of the city budget and it allows for those costs or expenses to be covered.”

Bowman said the city sets aside about a million dollars for the contingency fund.

Rochester did not actually ask to be reimbursed for the security costs, and the Trump campaign did pay $112,000 to the Mayo Civic Center for the use of the facility.

With the 2020 election cycle in full swing Bowman said the city will take it step by step when considering the next big campaign event. “We’ve not been given any indication at this point that the current president has any plans to visit Rochester in the near future.”

Ubah Ali

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