SPOKANE, Wash. - Camp Hope has cost the City of Spokane more than $400,000 in the past nine months, according to the city's director of communications Brian Coddington. 

These expenses have gone towards police overtime and sanitation, among other things. The money has come from the general fund, which is supported by general tax dollars including sales, property and utility taxes. 

The 2021 general fund budget is more than $216 million. 

The city submitted a letter to the Washington Department of Transportation earlier this month, demanding the agency clear the site and threatening legal action if that is not done so by Oct. 14. 

The city hopes to be reimbursed for the costs it has incurred so far. 

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