Obama's Kent Stop Cost County $2,700

City, Kent State paid about $8,500 to cover presidential campaign stop last month

The final, combined cost of President Barack Obama's visit to Kent last month was about $16,100 spread across several local entities.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office provided details on the cost of its assistance to the U.S. Secret Service on Sept. 26 to Portage County Commissioners recently.

The sheriff's office cost to provide personnel to assist Kent State University for the campaign rally at the MACC was $2,686, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.

"We rearranged staff hours to have the majority of their time as a part of the actual daily assignment," Doak said. "This kept overtime hours to a minimum."

Of that $2,686, overtime costs were $1,273.

University officials are planning to bill the Obama for America Campaign for $6,000 in costs related to the president's visit to campus.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver said he estimated his department's cost of assisting the Secret Service as the president's motorcade traveled to Kent from the Akron Canton Airport to be about $5,000, including wages, staffing changes, overtime, vehicles and other costs.  

Combine that with the $2,449 spent by the city on personnel and the president's visit should cost Kent, Brimfield, the sheriff's office and the university about $16,100 total.


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Nancy Roe October 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Are you going to post costs if romney comes to town. Towns are hit hard these days, so I think all canidates should pay. Was it always a practice to bill canidates or is this something new because of the economy. We can't blame it on Obama. This all started with and because of the bush administration. Romney will hust the middle class. Nancy
Matt Fredmonsky October 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
We absolutely would report on the cost of the visit if Mitt Romney came to Kent. But I doubt he's going to stop here.
Paul October 10, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Matt, I agree with you. Romney probably won't stop in Kent. To many Socialists oops I meant Democrats in Kent.
Myron Holley October 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM
This really Ticks me off having to pay for this blankety blank. And people go to see him. Should have been a empty hall with any one smart enough to tie there shoes. Guess most were using slip on's . There welcome to come and speak on there dime. Not mine, Either party or jerk o loid.
Myron Holley October 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM
are you really surprised????? I am not.


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