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Mayor Romero urges President Trump to reimburse city for unpaid dues from 2016 rally ahead of Monday’s visit

TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson Mayor Regina Romero asked President Donald Trump to reimburse the city for unpaid costs he owes Tucson taxpayers from his last campaign stop in 2016 in a memo released Friday.

As N4T Investigators first reported four years ago, records show the 2016 "Trump for President" campaign owes the city nearly $82,000 in taxpayer dollars. These dollars were used to pay local police to work as security for the rally at the Tucson Convention Center in March 2016.

In a letter sent out to the president ahead of Monday's campaign stop in the Old Pueblo, Romero shared a "friendly reminder" that Trump owes Tucson taxpayers $80,000 from his last visit. In addition, the mayor said she projects that this current visit could cost the city an additional $50,000.

"Ensuring the security of this event and of the President of the United States is our utmost priority and we are happy to provide any support you may need during your visit," the mayor said in the letter. "Since this is a campaign event, we respectfully request that you reimburse the city and its taxpayers for these expenses."

N4T Investigators previously shared that a report by the Center for Political Integrity found Trump’s campaign stiffed 10 cities out of a total of $841,219.

Romero's letter also requested that the president and his campaign "take adequate precautions to promote social distancing" during Monday's campaign event. In addition, the mayor also reminded the president of Tucson's current mask mandate and other protocols that the city and Pima County has implemented in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

"It would be deeply unfortunate if one gathering jeopardized all of the progress we have made thus far," Romero said in the letter. "That is why I respectfully request that the Trump campaign does everything in its capability to ensure that our local ordinances are respected and followed during your event."

The president's "Make America Great Again" event in Tucson will be held at Tucson International Airport at 3 p.m. on Monday. Gates open at noon.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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