JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The city of Jacksonville is demanding that the Republican Party pay it more than $ 150,000 for expenses incurred to prepare for the political convention, which ultimately never took place due to the coronavirus emergency.
The city maintains that the party must reimburse it for expenses such as preparing police forces and consulting meetings, in anticipation of the event that was to be held in August and where President Donald Trump was to be officially nominated as a candidate for re-election.
The city’s organizing committee has received promises from Republican leaders that they will receive the appropriate disbursement, the Florida Times-Union reported.
The convention was originally to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the governor of that state, who is a Democrat, required that participants obey social distancing rules. Republicans responded by moving the convention to Jacksonville.
Jacksonville officials, including Mayor Lenny Curry, were openly eager to host, and Curry had promised that the convention would not be paid for with taxpayer money.
The mayor’s chief of staff, Jordan Elsbury, reported that the city and the organizing committee “have been working together the last two weeks to cancel any balance the city has had” and that the city has received guarantees of “a timely payment” .
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According to an invoice dated October 6, the police had expenses of $ 69,974 to pay overtime to their agents, $ 9,862 to the Fire Department and $ 69,777 to a consulting firm that helped the city obtain $ 30 million in federal funds to pay security expenses.
In a document submitted to the Federal Election Commission, the organizing committee did not include any reimbursement for the municipality, the Times-Union reported.