KADB may get financial boost

ALBANY -- City Commissioners will discuss the possibility of bolstering the Dougherty County Commission's annual appropriation for Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, a move that may ultimately allow the county to partially fund the Flint RiverQuarium.

According to the agenda for the city commission's Tuesday night meeting, the board is set to discuss KADB during their pre-briefing and possibly during the regular meeting.

City Clerk Sonja Tolbert said that the agenda item is in reference to the budget, which would suggest that it is part of a discussion that was initiated last week between the county and city governments after some members of the county commission wanted to strip at least a portion of funding from KADB and give it either to county employees or to other departments who had to be cut.

A third option was also presented during last week's county commission meeting -- reappropriating KADB funding to the Flint Riverquarium, whose funding has been recommended for elimination by the county's finance committee.

After a lengthy discussion, county commissioners asked Administrator Richard Crowdis to approach city leaders about possibly funding a portion of KADB's budget, so that the county could pull that same level of funding from KADB and transfer it elsewhere.

Both governments are discussing FY 2011 budgets, which will take effect July 1, at their meetings this week. The city could vote on their budget as early as Tuesday, while the county is likely to vote June 28.

Representatives from both KADB and the RiverQuarium will be at today's county commission meeting. KADB Chairman Jeanette Henderson is on the agenda to speak to the commission regarding the budget, while RiverQuarium Executive Director Scott Loehr has been asked to provide his operating budget for review.