Jefferson City prepares for inauguration

City to host visitors for Monday’s state bash

The Missouri Capitol stands ready for inauguration ceremonies on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. All inaugural events are open to the public.

The Missouri Capitol stands ready for inauguration ceremonies on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. All inaugural events are open to the public. Photo by Kris Wilson.

It’s time, again, for Missouri government’s once-every-four-years party: The inauguration of the newly elected governor and four of the other five statewide office holders.

The main public events on Monday are the mid-day inauguration ceremonies on the Capitol’s South steps — where all five of the officials take their oaths of office, ending with the governor’s oath at noon and a speech launching the governor’s new administration — and the evening Inaugural Ball in the Capitol Rotunda.

State taxpayers provide the money for the main events.

“Current projected expenses for the state are about $30,000,” Scott Holste, Gov. Jay Nixon’s spokesman, said Friday in an e-mail. “This includes items such as program printing, signs and the satellite feed.

“It does not include costs associated with the use of state facilities and equipment, or security or other support personnel.”

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All Inaugural events are open to the public. Detailed information can be found at www.mo.gov/inauguration.

View the 11:15 a.m. ceremony online at www.mo.gov/live.

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