Extreme Makeover Costs City of Savannah $26,000

By: AP
By: AP

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) --

The city of Savannah provided almost $26,000 in taxpayer funded services to the recent production of the ABC television show "Extreme Makeover."

The Savannah Morning News reports that an open records search
shows city government donated that much in waived fees and services to the effort to demolish and rebuild a home for a family chosen by the show's producers.

The newspaper reported that most of the cost to the city came
from overtime pay for police officers. The officers were stationed
around the site during the week long project to help control crowds
and traffic.

City spokesman Bret Bell said the decision to cooperate with the
show was made to help the family and to help publicize the city to
the show's 10 million viewers.


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  • by Michael Location: Tallahassee on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    The headline should read: "Money Well Spent by the city of Savannah".
  • by HMA on Dec 13, 2010 at 09:45 AM
    This happens all the time with large companies. Walmart has been able to talk municipalities out of $millions worth of fees by dangling jobs in front of them. This was most likely a very good advertising deal for the city.
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on Dec 13, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    SAVANNA did the Right thing with a great act of kindness.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Sounds like one cheap marketing campaign for the city. I would think the exposure would pay for the taxpayer costs. You know the exposure will bring in tourists who otherwise would not have traveled there and they will spend many times more than was 'invested' by the city. A good job by the city administrators! The area will be rewarded economically for the expenses! Unlike, executives in Tallahassee traveling overseas for 'bonding'.
  • by Mary Ann Location: Tallahassee on Dec 13, 2010 at 08:32 AM
    I wonder how much Tallahassee spent when "Extreme Makeover" was here? I imagine all places this television show goes has taxpayer money spent - question is which city spent the most?
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Dec 13, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    Way to stick it to em Tye.
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