The Buxton Daycare’s financial footing has improved slightly in the past month thanks to a series of donations and cost-cutting moves, Buxton city officials learned Wednesday night.

Jessi Hegg, Buxton Daycare’s board president, told the Buxton City Council in February that a recent state audit raised questions about the center’s long-term health due to its reliance on charitable gaming.

Without gaming money, the child care center would operate with an $80,000 annual deficit, she said.

Hegg told city officials Wednesday night that the day care received a number of unexpected donations after news of the audit was published in the Hillsboro Banner. In addition, the organization has taken steps to address its financial health the past month, she said.

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