Cost to taxpayers for Obama Fort Collins visit exceeds $140,000

CSU hoping to be reimbursed

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The cost to taxpayers for President Barack Obama's campaign visit to Fort Collins has exceeded $140,000.

According to the Coloradoan, the city spent $101,260 during the visit. Most of the money was for police services during the overnight stay and campaign speech at Colorado State University.

The city does not expect to ask for reimbursement, but CSU does, according to a university spokesman.

"We were essentially going to put all the costs together and send the bill," CSU spokesman Kyle Henley told the Coloradoan.

The Larimer county Sheriff's Office spent about $30,000 for the visit, said spokesman John Schulz. Deputies worked about 714 hours in total, some of which would have been worked otherwise, he said.

The city controller said the visit likely benefited local businesses. While no specific number has been given, hotels, restaurants and other businesses likely experienced some gains from people who came to town for the occasion, the newspaper reported.

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