Posted: Jul 1, 2013 8:59 PM by MTN News
Updated: Jul 1, 2013 9:39 PM
The swelling numbers of the Rainbow Family of Living Light group has strained local resources to the point where local and state government have taken emergency actions to fund vital services.
Today, the Beaverhead County Commission voted and invoked an emergency two mill levy. Shortly after, Governor Bullock signed Executive Order 07-2013 to provide state assistance to Beaverhead County.
According to a news release issued by Beaverhead County
Disaster & Emergency Services, groundwork for the procedures had been laid last month. On June 17, 2013 Beaverhead County Commission signed Emergency Resolution 2013-13 to implement the County Emergency Operations Plan to help manage and mitigate the growing effect of the Rainbow population. On June 24, 2013 Beaverhead County formally requested a State Declaration from the Office of the Governor.
Officials say the growing costs are affecting law enforcement and healthcare, but Beaverhead County will continue to provide the best service possible.