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City workers paid $1.7 million in overtime during UCI Road World Championships

Posted at 6:24 AM, Nov 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 06:24:24-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The City of Richmond paid employees more than $1.7 million in overtime during the nine days the UCI Road World Championships took over town in September, according to city officials.  Richmond City Council will receive a full report on race week overtime pay at its regularly scheduled Monday night meeting.

Most of the overtime pay, about $1.3 million, was paid out to police officers during the race. The police overtime pay was about $200,000 over budget.  Fire and EMS overtime payouts came in under budget at around $110,000, according to sources familiar with the numbers. The rest of the overtime money went to public works and utility crews.

A complete economic impact study of the UCI Road World Championships is scheduled to be released in December or January.  Event organizers said the races would generate $3.8 million in tax revenue for the city in 2015.  Organizers projected 645,000 spectators watched the races over nine days.