City spent more than $150,000 on overtime, other expenses during UK's NCAA tourney run

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comApril 29, 2014 

State Street has become the epicenter for wild celebrations of UK victories and violent reactions to big losses in recent years. Monday's aftermath of the Kentucky-UConn game brought more fires, injuries and arrests.

The city spent more than $150,000 on police, fire and jail overtime and other costs during the University of Kentucky men's basketball team's NCAA Tournament run.

Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason said Tuesday that it's unlikely that police, fire or the jail will have to ask for additional money to pay for those overtime costs.

Other costs include replacing stolen street signs.

The city released the final tally of $150,254 on Tuesday. The costs were incurred during the weekends of March 28 to 31 and Final Four weekend, April 5 to 7.

Mason said the city cut some overtime costs by better scheduling of officers to work games. Kentucky State Police also helped Lexington and university police during the championship game.

Still, overtime for police, approximately $113,424, was the biggest chunk of the money.

The city also spent roughly $14,000 replacing damaged or stolen street signs. Community corrections racked up $7,800 in overtime costs, and fire and emergency services had $10,694 in overtime.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall.

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