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Fargo Mayor hopes to get reimbursed for Presidential visit

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FARGO - Preparations are still underway for Friday's Presidential visit to Fargo, but the City of Fargo is already concerned about the cost.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says he would like to seek reimbursement for the cost of Friday's visit because the event is not open to the public.

Even though it's a private event, the city and area law enforcement are tasked with protecting the President.

Mahoney expects the cost of officers' overtime will be $5,000 alone.

"We don't think that's unreasonable to ask to be paid for," Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said.

During President Trump's June visit, law enforcement spent over $104,000 combined for planning, security and traffic control.

When asked if he's optimistic if he will see any type of reimbursement, Mayor Mahoney says, "It's okay to ask. We'll see what they come up with."

Fargo Police is the lead agency in charge of security detailing.

Deputy Chief Joe Anderson says they hope to reduce overtime costs by having as many regularly scheduled officers work the Friday event.

Others joining in on the effort include Highway Patrol, the Cass County Sheriff's Office and West Fargo Police.

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