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Beaverhead Co. Asks State for Financial Aid

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The state of Montana will be financially helping Beaverhead County pay for the Rainbow Family Gathering event.

On Monday, Beaverhead County commissioners submitted an emergency declaration that was signed by Governor Steve Bullock.

With the declaration, the county will send in more than $26,000 worth of Rainbow Family costs to the state.

The state will then look at the costs, and will reimburse Beaverhead County accordingly.

The emergency declaration comes after Barrett Hospital in Dillon, which is a separate entity, spent more than $100,000 on Rainbow Family patients.

"It's vastly important," said Beaverhead County Commissioner Tom Rice. "We're a small community with a small tax base. A $100,000 hit, if you will, is large. There is only 9,000 people in the whole county."

The county will submit their costs stemming from the Rainbow Family Gathering to the governor when it comes to an end.

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