Lower Elkhorn NRD approves budget

NORFOLK - The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources Budget for fiscal year 2014 will be a little more than $3.4 million dollars, with a tax levy of 2.661 cents per hundred dollars of valuation.  Lower Elkhorn General Manager Stan Staab says that levy is down from the current 2.961 cents, largely because the District doesn’t have any large projects to fund this year.   Staab says one of the bigger items in the budget for 2014 is recertification of levees in Hooper, Randolph, Howells, Clarkson and West Point.  The 2014 budget also includes $50,000 for extension of the Cowboy Trail and $30,000 for the proposed rural water system between Norfolk and Madison. The construction budget of $534,000 will fund projects at Maskenthine Lake, Maple Creek near Leigh, and several projects connected with the Willow Creek Recreation Area.