How much did SLC pay to host Obama overnight? About $42,000

Posted at 10:27 AM, May 19, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY — It cost taxpayers about $42,000 to put the President of the United States up in the Sheraton last month, according to public records.

Responding to a public records request by FOX 13, Salt Lake City’s police and public services departments provided an accounting of costs and resources spent to host President Obama from April 2-3.

Salt Lake City’s Public Services Department said it spent:

  • Total personnel costs of:  $3,761.88
  • Those dump trucks that provided a barricade around the Sheraton Hotel were only used to park and did not perform any task, nor were driven, the department said.
  • A few gallons of fuel were used that was not tracked but could be estimated.

The Salt Lake City Police Department said it spent:

  • Total Overtime: $37,587.37
  • Supplies/Services: $643.54

Total $41,992.79

The accounting, of course, does not include state resources spent for the presidential motorcade from Hill Air Force Base to Salt Lake City and back. President Obama was in Utah for 15 hours, meeting with dignitaries and unveiling new clean energy and veterans initiatives.