The cost taxpayers will have to shell out for Ferguson

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(KTVI) – The You Paid For It team reveals the staggering costs to taxpayers of coping with the violence and rioting surrounding the crisis in Ferguson that spilled over to south St Louis.  The cost of police, firefighters, National Guard and the like resulted in a stunning bill that could total tens of millions of dollars.

St. Louis County alone is spending $6 million mainly for police overtime. A million of that was for humanitarian aid for Ferguson residents afraid to come out of their homes because of the disruption.

We talked to St Louis County’s Chief Financial Officer who gave his estimate on what the county will spend as well as the cost to other government entities. He warns its money that’s going to have to be made up from somewhere.  Unlike natural disasters there’s no provision for Federal funding for police costs in dealing with riots.

Earls’ estimate of the total taxpayer tab may stun you.

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