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Taxpayers to foot $85 million bill for Tampa’s GOP bid

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Hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention here would cost taxpayers about $85-million, event organizers said Monday.

That’s roughly two-thirds of the estimated total cost of $124-million, according to the bid package a Tampa delegation presented to the Republican National Committee in May. Nearly $22-million would come straight out of local tax coffers.

This is what the mayor of San Diego said about why that city is not putting forth a bid for the RNC convention: “It is a pretty significant financial investment for a city,” Sainz said. “The city has other priorities at the moment — repaving our streets, getting our water and wastewater system to an acceptable level for residents. There are a lot of local priorities that are much more important to our citizens than hosting a hoity-toity event.”

Luckily, Tampa doesn’t have to worry about such things…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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