While the students and the university no doubt still believe the school's charmed Elite Eight run in March was worth it for Dayton, the city's residents might be more torn.
A new report shows Dayton had to pay approximately $57,000 in taxes to law enforcement personnel who were required to work overtime in March.
All those celebrations on/around/near the UD campus. Getting to an Elite Eight as an 11 seed can mean damage to a town's wallet. It required a lot of cleanup, in addition to police officers working late hours. Thirteen jurisdictions were called in to work the scenes -- which included the UD president crowd surfing -- in the first and second weekends of the NCAA Tournament.
Per reports from the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV, that amounted to 350 uniformed officers on duty.
Faced with the job of clearing the streets of thick crowds of thousands of students and visiting revelers, law enforcement officers at one point or another endured thrown half-filled beer bottles, fist-swinging brawlers, fireworks, couches set afire, plenty of curses and some stumbling drunks who had difficulty standing. Some of the revelers jumped up and down on vehicles as though they were trampolines.
The celebrations took a toll. By the time they wrapped up, Dayton Police officers were punched in the face, a Five Rivers MetroParks officer was hit in the chest by a thrown rock, and a media representative was hit in the face by a thrown can of beer. Officers were injured while controlling the crowd and 32 people were arrested and charged by either Dayton or UD police. Of those, 13 were UD students. Eight officers reported injuries in total and three students were hurt.
Dayton police incurred $35,476.96 in overtime, while UD Police paid out $15,663.47 for extra staffing. Kettering police shelled out the next highest amount for overtime, $3,767.05 over the three days they sent additional officers to the campus. For the one day Miami Twp. police responded, they paid $1,100 in overtime. The 13 jurisdictions that assisted accrued a combined $57,107.69 in overtime costs. The university will not reimburse the departments.
This is causing controversy, as the university saw a lot of the celebrations and quasi-good-spirited riots take place on its campus. But UD -- which had an endowment north of $407 million as of 2012 -- is letting taxpayers foot the entire bill.
For a community that supports the local team so well, the financial fallout for a small city of roughly 140,000 could cause some long-term rankling. We rarely learn of celebrations costing cities/towns so much money, but Dayton's unexpected ride to one game from the Final Four has got to be causing many in that city to wonder if it was actually worth it.
And going forward, if Archie Miller's team is to make more NCAA Tournament appearances, you can bet the school and local police will be even more prepared to stop -- or at least quell -- the crowds before the situations are able to approach what they did in March.