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How much money are all these occupy movements costing municipalities?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21138 points ) November 18th, 2011

You here on the news so-in-so city spent X amount of money clearing an occupy camp, just to have them return, or set up at another area to do it all again. It seems to be like an ongoing tab, but how much is it costing cities nation wide? What good is spending the money if you are only doing it temporary and not so the money won’t have to be spent again for the same reason?

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marinelife's avatar

Millions and millions of dollars.

Winston Salem: “So, how much will all this cost? The city will have two expenses: Bringing city-owned fencing to the property at a cost of $120 to $180 and emptying the trash…which will cost $10 to $20 a month.”

Grensboro: “The city of Greensboro has also had expenses connected to the Occupy Movement. The city is still calculating the costs, but tells News 2 it did have $18,112 in personnel costs associated with the Occupy Greensboro March on October 15, 2011.”

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Eugene: “Six weeks $20–30,000 in overtime. Other costs from the Parks Department and the Fire Department.” Source

“In New York City alone, the NYPD reported $2 million in extra security costs due to the protests. Atlanta estimated its costs for policing its own homegrown Occupy movement at $300,000.

Oakland, the site of the most violence, claimed costs of $700,000.”

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wonderingwhy's avatar

What good is spending the money if you are only doing it temporary and not so the money won’t have to be spent again for the same reason?

Without getting into an itemized breakdown of costs, that’s sort of like asking what good is cleaning your house just because you know it will get dirty again.

mazingerz88's avatar

Great question. Seldom do I think of such things as to the cost of accommodating political activities such as the Occupy Wall Street movement. My opinion is such that it is truly inevitable that money will and have to be spent. Municipalities exist to respond as fairly as possible to all constituents, whether pro or against any sort of political movement.

YARNLADY's avatar

In addition to the costs as stated above, the small business merchants, my neighbor and yours, are losing thousands upon thousands in revenue due to these crazy people. It is such a shame.

Where do the protestors get their clothes, their tents and tarps, and their cars from? All they really need to do is stop buying things and Big Corporations will grind to a halt, putting them all out of work.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@wonderingwhy Without getting into an itemized breakdown of costs, that’s sort of like asking what good is cleaning your house just because you know it will get dirty again. Dirt does not have a mind of its own, it goes where the wind blows, that could be any, and everywhere. However, if I really wanted to have a room clean in my house because I am staining furniture and I did not want any chance at dust, once I cleaned it, I can seal it off. I can use stripping around the door. Put up curtains of plastic, etc. If I wanted clean carpets but I never stopped people from walking on it straight from outdoors, and especially playing football, or mountain biking where they are assured to encounter lots of dirt, how can I not expect the shampoo job to last longer than a few days? It is not like the occupy people were blew there by the wind and they could not help it. They have made a conscious effort to go there. If you know that is going to happen, you would think you would post a century, but up fences, etc. One could say why pick up your dog’s poop, it will degrade eventually, and it is biodegradable; it will go back to nature.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Should be not also consider the social costs of having a society where questioning or challenging authority or the status quo is not tolerated and respected because of any real or perceived economic impact? Of course this is a rhetorical question.

faye's avatar

I am just amazed at Occupy Calgary. It’s been -20C this weekend. Does anyone know what they are protesting really? What a waste. I hear some of them in Alberta tried to talk homeless people into doing the actual ‘occupying’ so they could go home!

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