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Who is picking up the tab for costs for Trump’s rally? Not the taxpayers

Would you believe former GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner?

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A campaign tracker recorded Wagner at a meeting he held with a conservative York group.

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A campaign tracker recorded Wagner at a meeting he held with a conservative York group.

(Hershey) — York County businessman Scott Wagner wants to put an end to the controversy over taxpayers getting stuck with the bill for municipal police costs associated with President Donald Trump’s rally at the Giant Center on Tuesday.

So he advised Derry Township officials on Monday he will cover the cost up to a maximum amount of $20,000 for the security tab.

“Please forward an invoice to me via email and I will immediately forward a check to you,” he wrote in an email to township manager Christopher Christman. “I want to express that I will be paying with personal funds and I am in no way using funds from any of my companies. Please pass on to the police department my sincere appreciation for their service and professionalism.”

Wagner, the former Republican state senator from York County and owner of trash hauling and trucking companies, said he can understand some taxpayers don’t like seeing municipal tax dollars covering the policing for the campaign event when they are fighting for funds for community projects. As of Monday afternoon, 950 people had signed an online petition via change.org to voice their disapproval.

At the same time, he said, “I just think the people of southcentral Pennsylvania, our supporters have a right to come out and see the president.”

Given the controversy it was creating and growing tired of the divisiveness, Wagner said, “I made a decision to step forward and pick up the cost so there’s no ill feelings toward the township.”

FILE PHOTO: President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the Giant Center, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Hershey.

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FILE PHOTO: President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the Giant Center, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Hershey.

Susan Cort, chairwoman of the Derry Township supervisors, welcomed his offer to cover the municipal police support that Derry Township and neighboring police departments will provide for the rally.

“As a private citizen, he is recognizing the burden that these kinds of rallies can put on local municipalities,” Cort said.

 

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