Costs of law enforcement, destroyed buildings mount in Ferguson

Estimates have emerged for a couple of costs resulting from rioting in Ferguson. The cost of the Missouri Highway Patrol and Missouri National Guard operations in the St. Louis area is estimated to be more than $11 million, and the value of buildings destroyed in last month’s riots in the area is an estimated $4.6 million.

The $11 million figure, released last week by State Budget Director Linda Luebbering, includes funding for the Highway Patrol and National Guard to assist local law enforcement and provide security. An increased law enforcement presence was necessitated by riots in August after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, and again last month after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.

According to Luebbering, the cost for the National Guard was $6.9 million, and the cost for the Highway Patrol was $4.8 million. Those costs continue to rise as both forces are still active in the region.

The $4.6 million worth of damage includes 17 businesses in Ferguson that have been deemed “unsafe structures,” according to the city manager’s office. These buildings have an appraised value of $3 million. In nearby Dellwood, eight buildings with an appraised value of $1.6 million were burned down.

In addition, several other buildings were damaged — though not completely destroyed — in the Ferguson riots.

Read more from Missourinet and the St. Louis Business Journal

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