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June 19, 2006

Albany -- A two year struggle to keep an east Albany senior center open ends with taxpayers picking up the costs for at least a year.  Dougherty County and Albany commissioners agreed to pay to run the center for now.

The county and city will each put in $25,000 to keep the James H. Gray Sr. Senior Center open for a year.   Second Greater Mount Olive Baptist church volunteered to operate the center.

Several city and county commissioners say they will use the year to find other funding sources, from donations to grants, to keep the center open permanently.

The city has paid to run the east Albany senior center since the Council of Aging was forced to shut it down in 2004 after the federal government cut their funding.

About 20 to 25 seniors attend the center each weekday.

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