Council, community weigh in on cost and value of Trump rally in Madison

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)-- He's a controversial guy, and he's still the talk of the town in Madison. We're talking about Donald Trump.

Members of the Madison City Council have spoken to WHNT News 19 about their concerns following the rally. Council president Tim Holcombe said there was a lack of communication from the mayor at the rally's inception, and he was also concerned about the $30,000 cost to the city.

Mayor Troy Trulock has countered that the city provided public safety support for the event just like any high school football game or large event at the stadium, and he found out about the rally when the Council did through email.

City leaders have made it clear they don't take issue with the rally itself, because they are proud of Madison's staff for pulling it off so well.

On Monday, the Madison City Council allowed the public to come forward with their own opinions.

"I do not believe that public facilities should be used for political purposes," said one man, concerned about the city's image.

Another woman said she's excited, regardless of politics, that Madison was in the spotlight. "If we have something national happen in our city, should we not be elated that they chose us?" she asked.

The community also disagreed about the $30k cost of the rally.

"If the city is not reimbursed by the Trump campaign, then the money should come out of the Mayor's pocket since this whole thing happened at his direction," said one man.

A different one said, "Good for you, Mayor, for doing something good for the city. And I say we should get behind that and stop the fighting and just understand this was not a bad thing. I can guarantee the economic impact far outweighed a $30,000 bill at the end of the day."

The question among the public group remained whether the costs should be shouldered by the city, or by Trump's campaign.

But the council's divisions were also apparent at Monday's meeting.

"Pull together," someone encouraged the council, adding, "I am so disappointed in this city that I have loved for well over 20 years. You people are letting me down, and you've not done that before. Please pull together."