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Dougherty budget includes $50,000 for RiverQuarium

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Commission this morning adopted a spending plan for fiscal year 2011 that includes some funding for the Flint RiverQuarium.

As the budget for the fiscal year that starts Thursday took its final shape, commissioners were able to add in $50,000 in financial support for the aquarium and $10,000 for the James H. Gray Sr. Senior Center.

Funds for those projects were freed up from a $6,300 reduction is county support for Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, cuts from the Dougherty County Jail and a significant reduction in court reporter fees by State Court Judge John Salter.

County commissioners, who have reduced their stipends by 2 percent, asked elected officials whose salaries are set by the state to accept voluntary 2 percent reductions like those being imposed on county employees.

Magistrate Robert Revell Jr. agreed Friday to a voluntary 2 percent pay reduction, becoming the third county official to accept the request. Sheriff Kevin Sproul and Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss agreed earlier to accept voluntary pay cuts.