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Committee says no to RiverQuarium request

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 26, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It doesn't look like the Flint Riverquarium will get any additional money from the county commission, Money Riverquarium managers say they need to avoid cuts in services.

Monday, the finance committee made a recommendation not to give the Riverquarium an additional $50,000 as requested.

The county already gave the Riverquarium $250,000 this fiscal year, which is what they were asked to allot originally.

Lamar Hudgins said, "It's difficult times and I could not explain to the people I represent why we would give more money to the Riverquarium when the city was cutting. It's only a recommendation, of course."

Hudgins is referring to the Riverquarium's request of $300,000 from the city, which funded instead $250,000 of that request.

CEO Scott Loehr will once again approach the city commission to ask for additional funding. The city said they would give the organization $25,000 only if the county also gave $25,000.

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