ISLA VISTA, Calif.- You're footing the bill, when it comes to protecting a local college town. College students living in Isla Vista love to party on Halloween and that keeps officers extra busy. An estimated $1 million in tax payer money is being spent just to make sure these party-goers are safe.
"I'm expecting crowds to be lighter than normal we had a lighter crowd over the weekend and I'm expecting it to carry through," says Lieutenant Ray Vuillemaninroy, Isla Vista Foot Patrol.
The lighter crowd this past weekend consisted of nearly 200 arrests and 250 citations, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Despite the stats, residents say they are fed up.
"I hear numbers like a million dollars and the university doesn't pay for any of that, but they're the cause of the problem…people come here to go to the university so I think they have a lot of responsibility and they're not taking it," says nearby resident, Bruce Murdock.
Isla Vista Foot Patrol says they've up' d their staff, which ultimately is costing tax payers more.
"In addition to the foot patrols, we still have the car patrols, bike patrols, we're just looking for any illegal activity and we're taking a zero tolerance to any violation," says Vuillemaninroy.
Nearby employees say the partying is nothing more than a treat for business.
"It's been crazy, a lot of out of towners come into town here, and anytime you get more people in a town you're going to help out any business," says Darin Eding, a nearby employee.
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