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Who Pays for Presidential Visit?

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President Obama will stand side by side with Democratic Incumbent Tom Perriello at a pre-election rally on the Downtown Mall Friday night. President Obama will stand side by side with Democratic Incumbent Tom Perriello at a pre-election rally on the Downtown Mall Friday night.

We're just a day away from President Obama's visit and many people are wondering about who's going to pay for all the added expenses. It is a question both city of Charlottesville and Albemarle county leaders are trying to figure out.

The official price tag won't be known until weeks after the event. We're told that a majority of the costs will be for the overtime pay for police, fire and rescue personnel. The safety of both the president and the public is the top priority.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo said, "Who's paying the freight - that's not an issue we need to worry about right now.  At some point in time that will have to be looked at very closely because it will cost a lot of money to put the resources into place." 

A city spokesperson says the Secret Service has informed them that they will not get reimbursed. 

When asked if the Perriello campaign would be picking up any portion of the tab we were told they're paying for the Pavilion costs and are working with the city expenses. Campaign officials say they have reached out to the acting city manager to offer to cover the city's costs associated with Friday's rally.

When former president George Bush spoke at the naturalization ceremony at Monticello on July 4 2008 it set the county back $23,000.

Both the city and the county say hosting the president is a complicated honor but it's one that has to be done no matter what.

Reported by Henry Graff
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