Local organizations vie for piece of the budget pie

      Commissioner Tommie Postell has proposed giving the RiverQuarium $150,000 this next fiscal year / Ashley Knight

      Both the Flint RiverQuarium and the Civil Rights Museum are asking the city for a piece of their budget.

      Both the city and Dougherty County have contributed funds to both organizations, but did not include them in this year's budget proposal.

      Commissioner Tommie Postell proposed $150,000 for the RiverQuarium and $50,000 for the museum.

      However, the city would have to do a lot of extra cutting to find the money.

      "I think they are all considerate of it, but this is a tight budget year and each of them will have to make their own decisions," says Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

      The city's budget already includes a $3 million decrease over last year.

      They will have to approve a final budget in two weeks.