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Bonner County sues Idaho over coronavirus rescue money

The county contends that Treasury Department guidelines require the state to simply distribute the rescue money to cities and counties based on population.

A lawsuit filed by an Idaho county against Republican Gov. Brad Little and other state officials could upend plans for distributing $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money. 

Bonner County in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court contends that Treasury Department guidelines require the state to simply distribute the rescue money to cities and counties based on population. 

State officials instead tied allocations to payroll expenses for first responders as a way to reduce property taxes. 

Local governments face a Friday deadline to sign up to receive the money.

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