Overtime pay for emergency management, police and fire protection relating to the pageant cost $399,524.21, according to a report posted on philly.com.
The city spent another $2,000 in incremental pageant related costs and $100,000 in costs relating to boardwalk improvements, according to the report. Boardwalk improvements were underway independent of the pageant.
Atlantic City Business Administrator Ron Cash told philly.com the investment was worth the cost, adding that the pageant “belongs in Atlantic City.”
The pageant returned to its birthplace for the first time in six years. It was founded in Atlantic City in 1921 and was held there every year until moving to Las Vegas in 2006.
The majority of the costs went toward the parade on Saturday and the pageant on Sunday, with 58 percent of the overtime pay going to the police, according to the report.