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City reduces Chehaw funding by 3%

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany City Commissioners have unanimously approved a 3% cumulative funding reduction for the Parks at Chehaw, as the first funding cut for the parks since 2000.

Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter asked commissioners Tuesday for full funding at a little over $1 Million each year for the next five years to begin next July.

They instead approved full funding for the 2014 fiscal year, and a three percent reduction for each year between 2015 - 2019.

The cut could compromise the zoo's accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which may lead to the loss of animals.

But Porter says he's confident the zoo will be able to maintain its accreditation.

"Well, we have a couple of years to figure out how to make up the reduction, and our goal is to maintain that high level of experience, and we take that very seriously.  We want people to have a quality experience when they come out to the park," said Doug Porter, Chehaw Executive Director.

The 3% reduction will cumulatively reduce the zoos operating budget to $882,000 by 2019.

Zoo officials approached commissioners for funding earlier this month, but were delayed after city leaders requested more information.

 

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