HAMPTON — President Barack Obama's July 13 trip to Hampton Roads cost taxpayers $10,496.80, according to documents provided by Virginia State Police, Hampton City Schools and the city of Hampton.
The new total includes information released by the city of Hampton on Tuesday afternoon. The information came in response to a Freedom of Information request that the Daily Press filed more than a month ago.
The Hampton Police Division spent $1,034.25 to pay for 32.5 hours of overtime pertaining to the campaign event held at Phoebus High School, and the Hampton Fire Division spent $407.73 for 11.5 hours of overtime, according to the City Attorney's Office.
"There are ... no documents that indicate that the city incurred 'additional costs' beyond the cost of the overtime work as provided," wrote City Attorney Cynthia Hudson in the FOIA response.
Hampton City Schools did not release personnel costs for July 12 and July 13, although its FOIA officer said in early August that 27 employees worked 116.5 hours "beyond their normal work schedule" because of the president's visit.
"Many employees who assisted with the successful visit of the president to Phoebus HS on Friday ... are exempt and do not earn overtime or compensatory time," Ann Stephens-Cherry, Hampton City School spokeswoman and FOIA officer, said last week.
Virginia State Police spent $9,054.82 in overtime costs related to the president's visit to Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton on July 13, said Corinne Geller, public relations director for the state police. The total includes personnel costs for his various stops and for the accompanying motorcade escorts. The bill does not include costs associated with lodging, meals or fuel expenses for troopers, she said. State police personnel accrued 283.2 hours of overtime that day because of the presidential visit.
While the state police responded within two weeks to Daily Press FOIA requests, the city waited until Tuesday — 34 days — to make personnel costs public.
Obama drew about 1,300 people to Phoebus High School.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times