Tuesday May 08, 2012 | 11:58 AM

As things continued to grind to a halt Sunday at the GOP state convention, rumors were flying about possible cost overruns if the convention went past 6 p.m.

The party booked the Augusta Civic Center for Saturday and Sunday, with an end time of 6 p.m. on Sunday. But the convention went about three hours past the scheduled end time amid confusion about delegate votes and contested results.

Earl Kingsbury, major event coordinator for the civic center, said this morning that he's not sure whether they will charge the party for any extra costs incurred. He needs to wait until the executive director, who is out sick today, comes back so they can discuss what's in the contract and whether staffers were required to stay late to clean up after the convention ended.

Kingsbury said he did not know the total cost of the rental for the weekend and did not want to speculate about what any OT might cost.

"The civic center is still evaluating the convention itself," he said, noting that he was so exhausted he took Monday off.

 

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