Schatz: APEC cost less than expected

Lieutenant Gov. Brian Schatz
Lieutenant Gov. Brian Schatz

By Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz says the state government's APEC expenses were substantially lower than budgeted.

In an appearance Tuesday on HawaiiNewsNow Sunrise, Schatz said the smooth progress of the meetings, with civil demonstrations and no arrests, meant the state underspent its budget by millions of dollars.

"We had projected about $7.5 million in expenses, and it came in something under $4 million," Schatz said. "So it cost about half of what we projected, from the state government standpoint."

Schatz said the budget was large enough to cover a variety of contingencies, from biological terrorism to mass arrests. "We didn't have expenses in the courts, or in the Health Department, that we could have had."

Officials with the City and County of Honolulu have reported similar results in their first look at actual versus budgeted expenses.

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