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      Casino Tax Revenue to pay for bridge improvement

      Casino tax revenue will pay toward making bridge repairs/

      A big win at the casino means more money for bridge improvements in Wood County.

      The Wood County Commissioners said Wednesday casino tax revenue will fund improvements to bridges that are in dire need of repair. Commissioners claim this revenue stream will create about $750,000 for 2013.

      Commissioners asked Wood County Engineer Ray Huber to identify the top 10 bridges needing replacement. Huber will select a list out of about 400 bridges and begin working on these 10 bridges and the bridge projects in 2014.

      Other sources of funding include using a combination of motor vehicle gas tax revenue and grants.

      Wood County has received a quarterly casino tax revenue payments last year. The county officials said this will curb other significant revenue reductions, but claim bridge replacement has a high priority.