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By Len Kiese - bio | email

January 12, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Flint Riverquarium leaders say they could have to cut services unless the city gives the attraction more money.

Last fiscal year, city commissioners approved $300,000 to help pay for daily operations and programs at the Riverquarium.

This fiscal year, the city cut that to $250,000. Now RiverQuarium CEO Scott Loehr says the facility needs that other $50,000 to be restored.

"It's impact would be significant. The RiverQuarium would have to look at making some cuts in some areas. First, programatically, maybe hours of operation. But yeah, the community would see some reduction in the level of programs and services without the $50,000," said Loehr.

Loehr says the new aviary is bringing more visitors in and he expects a normal upswing in visitation from schools this Spring.

Loehr plans to officially make the $50,000 request to city commissioners Tuesday morning at their work session.

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