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Obama's Thursday visit to Green Bay may cost more than $30,000 in police overtime

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Obama's Thursday visit to Green Bay may cost more than $30,000 in police overtime
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

It won't be cheap for Green Bay to host President Obama Thursday. The Green Bay Press-Gazette figures that law enforcement will pay an extra $30,000 in overtime costs.

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That's based on the $31,000 paid in police overtime when President Bush spoke at Green Bay Resch's Center in 2004 when he ran for his second term.

Several police agencies in the area spent a total of $11,000 when Obama campaigned there last fall and they spent another $14,000 when Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin made a visit.

Brown County Chief Deputy John Gossage says protection is always tighter for a sitting president, and officers must sure everyone at an event is safe.

The Secret Service drafts the security plan, and asks local authorities to follow their lead.

Communities will sometimes bill the federal government and campaigns for their extra police costs but they have mixed success.

Obama is expected to be in Green Bay for about 3.5 hours Thursday. He'll speak at a town hall meeting at Southwest High School that will focus on health care reform.

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