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Trump's Battle Creek rally cost the city, arena $126,000

President Donald Trump's visit to Battle Creek last month cost the area more than $125,000.
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President Donald Trump arrives at Kellogg Arena to speak at a campaign rally, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Mich. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — President Donald Trump was a big ticket visit, according to the City of Battle Creek.

City officials released the total costs associated with the president's Dec. 18 Merry Christmas campaign rally. According to a press release, it cost the City of Battle Creek and the Kellogg Arena around $126,000 combined to host the president and reimbursement will be sought.

It cost the City around $93,000 to host the president for the rally. Staff costs comprise over 95% of that total and include staff from the fire department, police department, city building maintenance, department of public works, Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field, and Battle Creek Transit. City officials say the totals do not include salaried staff who participated in rally planning and day-of activities.

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The other less-than 5% of the total cost came from translations of city logistic information into Spanish and Burmese, supplies including concrete blocks and barricades and city vehicle use.

The press release went on to detail the costs and said they are separate for the City and the Kellogg Arena, which is where the rally took place. The City of Battle Creek may own the arena, but it is operated by Cereal City Development Corp. They handle the event contract and costs. The arena's costs totaled $33,000, and similarly to the City, the majority of the total is due to labor and equipment. 

Kellogg Arena has already submitted an invoice for payment to the campaign. City administrators say they plan on submitting their invoice for payment to the campaign and other federal agencies soon.



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