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Riverquarium wants money from county

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 21, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The CEO of the Flint Riverquarium wants more money from the county. Scott Loehr told commissioners that if he doesn't get $25,000 each from the city and county, he'll have to cut programs, reduce hours, and even raise the price of admission.

He said attendance is down more than 10% since last year, but fundraising efforts have improved. The county already gave the Riverquarium $250,000 this fiscal year. The city also gave them $250,000. The city voted to give the Riverquarium an additional $25,000, but only if the county matched that amount.

Commissioner Lamar Hudgins didn't like the proposal.  He said, "It's interesting that when it comes to spending money, the city wants to split it 50/50, but when it comes to distributing the SPLOST funds, it was 62/38. I don't understand this tact they're taking and I don't appreciate it. We were requested to fund $250,000 and we funded $250,000."

The county finance committee will discuss the request this week and make a recommendation to the full board next week.

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