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Riverquarium wants quarter-million dollars

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Attendance is down at the Flint Riverquarium, and managers say they still need money from local governments to stay open.   From July through April, there was a 12% decrease in visitors from the previous year.

But there is good news, the Riverquarium has seen a significant increase in grant money, and fundraising efforts have improved.

Still, the organization is asking for $250,000 from the Dougherty County commission again this year.    

"Local government probably, I calculated, some 30% of their total revenues, when you include the city and the county, local government is keeping them going," said County Finance Chairman Lamar Hudgins.  

The Riverquarium is also seeking funding from the Albany city commission. Both the city and county must decide if and how much they will fund before they adopt their final budgets in the next few weeks.

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