SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Everyone knows Spring Break brings people and money to the Island.

But it also brings headaches and additional costs incurred by city departments.

This year, Spring Break cost the city nearly an additional half million dollars. The numbers were reported to the city council earlier this week.

Additional police and fire department services cost the city $90,000. Advertising Spring Break to attract the visitors was another $200,000.

“The total expenditures is about $413,000 associated with Spring Break,” said Darla Jones, SPI interim city manager.

The city also had costs for the pre-empoyment drug screening, fuel, labor and other expenses.

“We should know the HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) numbers by the end of the month,” Jones said.

The city is waiting for the sales tax figures from the state comptrollers office that are due to the city in May.

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