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Charlottesville Files Application to Recoup 'Unite the Right' Costs

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The covered statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park The covered statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The city of Charlottesville is among those filing applications to recoup some of its expenses related to the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally.

Because a state of emergency was issued, under law, the city can request state funding assistance.

The city spent approximately $214,000 and it could get up to 70 percent back - or about $152,000.

"It's based on the type of response that the locality must give to any particular disaster these include things like the civil unrest that we are talking about now but also things like snowstorms, or hurricanes or major flooding events, Jeff Caldwell of Virginia Department of Emergency Management said.

VDEM is determining what kinds of reimbursements the city can ask for.

"This may include things like emergency response, staffing and logistics, overtime costs and any direct expenses that were accrued by Charlottesville in the efforts to respond to this incident," Caldwell said.

Some criteria that VDEM looks at include what types of resources needed to be deployed for the rally.

"it could be trucks, it could be an individual, it could be different types of supplies or resources that the locality needs to recover from a natural or manmade event," Caldwell said.

It's unclear how long it will take the state to take up the application. The University of Virginia is also seeking reimbursement in a combined application from the health system and academic division.

The Health System spent more than $142,000, while the academic division spent approximately $63,000.

Albemarle County is not eligible, but spent approximately $66,000 in rally-related expenses.

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