It is reported that local officials may turn to the statehouse, for more financial support to run the Michael Jackson trial.
The costs of the trial are estimated to be around $40K a day.
Santa Barbara County estimate that the cost of managing Jackson's arraignment, on January 16 last year, was $158K. This figure includes; $35K staff costs and $24K for fences, toilets, trash and consulting.
Normally state aid is only available for murder trials. However, Michael Jackson's trial is viewed as being rather unique. State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, is reportedly going to introduce a bill to help the county cover the costs of providing security for Jackson's trial.
Estimates as to what the final cost of holding the trial vary widely from, $2M to $4M. Security seems to be the largest single factor in the cost of this trial, with the need for 35 deputies and 30 police officers to be on duty at any one time.
In order to track the time involved, police officers, deputies and county officials are being asked to use their time cards to specifically record the time that they spend on the trial.