Final Four Celebrations Cost Lawrence $180k

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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April 20, 2012

Parties in downtown Lawrence after the University of Kansas played in the Final Four cost the city about $180,000 -- but no one is complaining.

City Manager David Corliss says overtime wages for police
officers was the biggest expense from three major parties that
celebrated the Jayhawks' run to the Final Four.

Corliss says those expenses will be offset by tax revenues from
sales at restaurants, bars and other businesses during the
tournament. The Lawrence Journal-World reports
the exact amount of revenues the city reaped
from those sales won't be available for several weeks.

The city's sales tax collections increased nearly $782,000 in
2008, when the Jayhawks won the national championship but it is
impossible to know exactly how much of that was related to the
Final Four.

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