The Trump administration and Congress still owe the District of Columbia over $7 million in expenses from the president’s 2017 inauguration ceremony, according to federal and city financial records reviewed by The Washington Post.
The total cost of the four-day celebration was $27.3 million, according to the Post.
The city has had to dip into a special fund that pays for annual security costs for protecting the city from terrorist threats and hosting other events such as demonstrations, state funerals and the visits of foreign dignitaries.
That fund is now on track to enter the red by this fall, records show.
The depleted fund is raising concerns as the government prepares for July 4 activities, including a parade.
“We have and will continue to work closely with our federal partners regardless of administration because ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is paramount,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), told the Post. “Our commitment to this function is iron clad, and all that we ask of our federal partners is continued cooperation and the resources to carry out these activities.”
The Hill adds:
A senior administration official told the Post the city received the full amount of money it originally requested and that the administration “worked closely with D.C.” when inauguration costs exceeded expectations and decided to use unspent money in the security fund. He added that city officials have not asked for additional money.
D.C. officials disputed that account, telling The Post they did indeed ask for more funds that have not yet been repaid.
Of the roughly $20 million Congress had appropriated for Trump’s inauguration, about $14 million was spent on D.C. policy deployments, $3.6 million was allocated for fire and emergency medical services and $2.2 million went toward transportation services. The event ultimately went $7.3 million over estimates.
Though the security fund is typically well-stocked, the federal government has been spending money faster than it is investing it, having to dish out funds to cover events like the heavily attended Women’s March in 2017 and the December funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. The city has already spent $4.4 million of the $14 million budget in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, putting the fund on pace to run a multimillion-dollar deficit as soon as the fall.
“The point now is that the account has been drained, and being careful with the money has not been enough to make up for not being reimbursed” for the inauguration, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the city’s nonvoting representative in Congress, told the Post.