Neo Nazi's may be coming back to Columbia, and it could affect some of the city's budget plans.
The group known as the National Socialist Movement that marched through central Columbia in the spring of 2007 wants to come back for round two.
It applied for a parade permit on Friday to march from Watson Place to the Boone County Courthouse on November 8th from noon to five. That permit was denied because of a Mizzou football game that day, but the city says it has to allow them to come on a different day under the constitution.
There were a lot of groans and people shaking there heads as the announcement was made Tuesday night.
Last time only a dozen Nazi's showed and police say despite a few arrests and minor injuries the event went smoothly, but with the huge budget crunch the city is in right now preparing for round two may prove to be difficult.
Last time officers in full riot gear helped to keep order; something police say wasn't easy.
Columbia Police Interim Chief Tom Dresner says "To be quite honest it's a real law enforcement head ache to put it as a huge understatement."
Dresner says it's too early to say if they'll do anything differently this time but they do have time on their side. Dresner says, "We're going to be looking at it very closely. Despite the fact we still don't have a date we are already in the process of gearing up for it.
But gearing up for it may hurt you. To put more than 100 officers on the street last time it cost more than 40-thousand dollars; money the city just doesn't have this year.
Mayor Darwin Hindman says, "The good things we really desire that are good for community may suffer because we are going to provide police protection."
The other challenge for the city will be keeping hundreds of people from showing up to the march like last time. Hindman says, "Its going to be important that we have police protection and that the community really rallies around and disappoints them as much as possible by having a positive alternate event somewhere else in the city.
No date has been set yet for the march, and the exact route could also change. Once that is in, the community and police will continue their efforts to prepare.
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