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
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.