Tournament Partying Costs City $150K So Far

Tournament Partying Costs City $150K So Far

Preliminary figures show the NCAA Tournament postgame celebrations in the streets of Lexington cost the city nearly $150,000, with most of that cost coming in police overtime.
Lexington came out with preliminary figures Tuesday on how much postgame celebrations in the streets cost the city during the recently completed NCAA Tournament. 

"The total between Public Safety and Traffic Engineering is $148,540," said Glenn Brown, Senior Adviser to the Mayor. 

That's the preliminary total when you add the overtime expense report of the Department of Public Safety and Traffic Engineering.

The cost of Public Safety's celebration response was close to $133,000.  That included 911 calls, jail, fire and police, according to the city's report.

The remainder was the cost incurred to replace broken signs and fixtures by Traffic Engineering, according to city officials.

The preliminary costs will go up because some departments haven't tallied up overtime costs yet. 

The report said the Department of Corrections racked up roughly 400 hours.

Firefighters spent an additional 731 extra hours working.  Overtime pay for that was close to $11,000, according to the report.

And, we're still waiting on expense reports from the Sheriff's Office, State Police and the city's Code Enforcement, Building Management and Waste Management.
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