It appears that the Trump Campaign stop in Rochester will have a substantial taxpayer subsidy. The following is based on staff analysis:
In total, the City spent approximately $76,000 (personnel, contract resources, equipment) on direct costs for President Trump’s visit…in addition, exempt employs worked 470 hours which is not accounted for in the $76K…all said, City employees (both exempt and non-exempt) invested over 1,400 hours…this info will be shared with the PB this week as well.
After receiving this information, I asked staff if the Trump Campaign would be covering their costs and the response was pretty straight forward.
While the campaign did pay for use of the Mayo Civic Center, the city will not be compensated for its direct costs or the costs of staff time. Using a conservative allocated cost figure of $37.50 / hour (all inclusive) for staff time, exempt staffing costs were an additional $17,625.
In total it appears that the campaign stop in Rochester cost local taxpayers $93,625 for which we are left holding the bill.