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Inauguration Costs are Under Budget

Gov. Blunt accepts a shirt from students raising money for tsunami victims. The surplus of money raised for Blunt's inauguration will go to the students' effort (UPI photo)

By Maria Hickey, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri Governor Matt Blunt's inauguration came in under budget by about $11,000.

Last month's event cost $249,000 and was funded through private donations.

The Republican governor says organizers watched costs closely.

"When we began the inaugural process we wanted to demonstrate frugality, which I believe is a value of the people of the state, and the inauguration held was done at a fourth of the cost of the most recent inauguration," Blunt said.

Former Governor Bob Holden drew criticism for holding an inauguration that cost more than a million dollars.

Governor Blunt announced the inauguration's final cost Tuesday at Trautwein Elementary School in south St. Louis County.

The $11,000 dollars will go to the school's fundraising efforts for tsunami victims.


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