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ATI, RiverQuarium requests denied

 June 11, 2007

Albany --   Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated and the Flint Riverquarium may not get money they requested from the Dougherty County Commission.    

Monday, the county finance committee voted to deny the Riverquarium's request for $250,000, and ATI's request for $75,000.

Commissioners say they simply don't have money available in the budget. They say they're concerned about the development of Downtown but believe ATI and the Riverquarium should get money from private investors rather than the taxpayers.  

County Commissioner Charles Lingle said, "I don't want the message to come from this room today that we no longer support them, it's just that we are unable to support them."

Commissioner Art Searles says, "I wish we could give the aquarium the $250,000 and have an agreement to do that for ten years. I'd love to be in that situation, but we don't have it."  

This was the first time ATI asked the county for the money. The budget must be passed by June 30th. The finance committee's vote is only a recommendation. The entire board must vote on the requests for them to be final.