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Posted on: January 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE: City costs approx $93,000 for Dec. 18 campaign rally

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UPDATE 1/30/2020 --

Kellogg Arena’s invoice was paid in full by the presidential campaign, after the campaign rally held in Battle Creek on Dec. 18.

The arena’s costs totaled approximately $33,000. The city received $2,500 from this payment, as compensation for the barricades used as crowd control in Festival Market Square that day.

City staff expect to finalize our invoice for submission by the end of this week, for services related to the rally.

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The City of Battle Creek has tallied the costs associated with the Dec. 18 presidential campaign rally, and will seek reimbursement for approximately $93,000 in costs.

Staff costs comprise over 95 percent 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.

These totals do not include salaried staff who participated in rally planning and day-of activities.

The other less-than 5 percent of the total cost came from translation of the city’s logistical information into Spanish and Burmese; supplies like concrete blocks and barricades; and city vehicle use.

Costs are separate for Kellogg Arena, the event venue. While the city owns the arena, the Cereal City Development Corp. operates it, and handles event contracts and costs.

The presidential campaign signed a contract to hold the rally at the arena, and the arena’s costs totaled approximately $33,000. As with the city’s costs, the majority of that is for labor and equipment.

Kellogg Arena has submitted an invoice for payment to the campaign. City administrators plan to submit a reimbursement request to the campaign, and other federal agencies.

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