Occupy Denver costing taxpayers thousands

6:30 PM, Nov 28, 2011   |    comments
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According to statistics released by Laura Wachter, the Manager of Budget Operations with the City of Denver, the Occupy Denver movement has cost the City $431,500 through Nov. 13.

"These numbers do not include on duty/regular staffing expenses, as they are accounted for within each department's budget," Wachter said in her release.

The costs break up as so:

  • Police - Overtime costs of $264,000
  • Sheriff - Overtime costs of $153,000
  • Public Works - Overtime costs of $5,900
  • Denver Health - Overtime costs of $5,600
  • Parks and Rec - Materials costs of $2,000 for repairs
  • Environmental Health - Overtime costs of $1,000

"At this time, it is anticipated that the departments will be able to absorb these additional costs," Wachter said.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's office released this statement:

"The resources allocated on a daily basis for the Occupy Denver protests are part of the City's general operations, and any additional costs are incurred only to help balance First Amendment rights with concerns for public health and safety," Hancock spokeswoman Amber Miller said.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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