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A Madison County district looks to stabilize a bridge damaged by floodwaters

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A Siouxland organization is setting their 2014 budget with an eye on stabilizing a bridge damaged by floodwaters.

The Madison County Railroad Transportation Safety District unanimously approved both their 2014 budget and a new tax levy at their meeting in Norfolk Nebraska Tuesday.

County officials say next year's levy will be set at 0.6 cents per $100 of valuation, which is a tenth of a cent higher than the current levy.

That will mean an additional dollar in property taxes for a $100,000 house.

The budget includes $40,000 towards a study into stabilizing the Elkhorn River Railroad Bridge.

That was the bridge that was washed out by flooding in the summer of 2010 and the district is partnering with Nebraska Central Railroad and Union Pacific to study what could be done to stabilize the banks of the river in that area to prevent a washout from happening again.

County officials said they're still working out the language of the agreement with the railroad companies and hope to have the agreement ironed out soon so the study can begin.

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