D.C. Inauguration Costs: $48.5 million
The District government spent $48.5 million on security and other expenses to prepare for and deal with the presidential inauguration, City Administrator Dan Tangherlini said this morning.
That included the following breakdown:
$15 million in commodities and goods
$15.3 million in overtime fees for D.C. police officers
$4.6 million in transportation and lodging of 4,000 police officers from across the country who came to help the city handle the crowds (that included 2,000 hotel rooms in 20 hotels)
$3.6 million in special 800 megahertz radios
$2.9 million for fire and emergency management agency costs
$1.9 million to repave Pennsylvania Avenue
$4.1 million to build the presidential, mayoral, council and media reviewing stands in front of the White House and John A. Wilson Building for the inaugural parade
During a D.C. Council committee oversight hearing, Tangherlini said the city has received $15 million from the federal government last year to defray the costs and is seeking to recoup the additional $33.5 million. Then-President Bush declared the city a state of emergency for the region last month to allow more federal money to go to the city, along with Maryland and Virginia. The city will have to go through a negotiation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to document how it used the funds and request repayment, Tangherlini said.
"The fact that [the inauguration] went so well should help us," he said. "No one can claim we didn't do our part."
So how much revenue did the city make off of the millions of tourists who came for the inauguration? It's not clear yet, but D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi cautioned that officials should not expect a windfall. The amount of sales tax revenue won't be known until
Feb. 20 mid-March, after business revenue is reported and processed.
Gandhi said that hotel revenues in the city for the four nights of Jan. 17-20 were $60 million, well more than the $13 million during the same four-day period in 2008. That could mean an additional $7 million in sales tax from hotels alone.
But Gandhi noted that normal activities, such as daily commuters to D.C., ground to a halt and some tourism revenues might be less during other times in this winter because people sent so much during the inaugural week. That could offset whatever revenue gains might have been expected.
"Your testimony takes lemonade and turns it into lemons," D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) said, with a rueful laugh.
David A Nakamura
February 12, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories: City Finances , Inauguration
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