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City may dip into contingency fund to pay for riot expenses

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Vancouver city council might pull a million dollars out of its contingency fund to pay for riot-related expenses.

The report council will vote on next week says extra costs related to the fan zones — policing public areas and other incremental expenses — total nearly $2 million. Roughly half of that is to be absorbed in existing department budgets, while the rest would be covered by the contingency funds.

The Vancouver Police Department alone accounts for more than $300,000 in extra costs, not including the ongoing investigation. But that’s the tab for calling in extra officers, riot-review costs, and damage to police property.

The fan zones actually came in under budget by more than $70,000.

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