One Ohio city charging upfront for campaign visits

North Canton's mayor wants to be sure police overtime and other expenses are covered.

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The mayor of one nearby Ohio city says presidential candidates are welcome to bring their campaigns to town, as long as they bring their checkbooks too.

North Canton Mayor David Held is asking candidates to pay for any costs associated with visits up front, including the price of city safety forces.

The city is sitting on unpaid bills of more than $11,000 for two visits by the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. North Canton paid overtime wages for police, fire and street services.

Mayor Held, a Republican, told the Canton Repository for a story Tuesday that the costs of campaign visits should not be subsidized by local taxpayers.

He says communities often have little notice, about 72 hours, before a candidate’s visit.

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