Viewpoint: Keeping RiverQuarium open

Our nation's tight economy translates into tight budgets all across the country.  Dougherty County is no exception!

Dougherty County Commissioners recently approved its $45.9 million budget that cuts spending by about one-percent from the previous budget.

Those cuts included the elimination of thousands of dollars in funding to the Flint RiverQuarium.

Despite a last minute plea from the Flint RiverQuarium, the RiverQuarium request for $50,000 was not granted.

The City of Albany did award the venue $275,000, and this is the last year for that support - as a part of an existing three-year agreement.

As a result, staff and board members of the 54,000 sq foot RiverQuarium, which opened in 2004, will need to seek supplemental funding for this attraction.

The Southwest Georgia community will also need to continue its support of the downtown attraction, so that this jewel on the banks of the Flint River can continue to attract visitors to the city.

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