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19 November 2010

Dear Folks,

News From The Campaign Trail:
The fruits of the Mayor’s effort to be Smart With Your Money were highlighted in a financial audit by the auditing firm, BKD CPAs & Advisors.
The news came in a presentation of the fiscal year 2010 financial statement audit.
In reporting to the Finance and Audit Committee last Wednesday, a firm representative said the city has made significant progress in its financial picture in the last year.
If you remember, Funk was the city’s former City Auditor.  Given that background, he said the report affirms the strong financial health of the city. 
Some of the highlights of the report include:

  • An increase in the unreserved fund balance of almost $15 million dollars
  • A decrease in the city’s TIF liability and historic TIF liability

The good news can be attributed in part to financial policies that Funk immediately fought to put into place after he took office in 2007:

  • The Mayor and City Council instituted policies concerning debt, investment, TIF, and one-time revenue
  • The Mayor and City Council improved professionalism within the various finance offices, and have shown disciplined budgeting and were dedicated to managing within their means and avoiding significant new debt
  • The Mayor and City Council set a goal of reaching an 8 percent-unreserved fund balance. That fund currently sits at $34.2 million, or 8.1 percent of general fund expenditures

So that’s the good news for the City.  Now for the fun part! 
Ollie Gates, of Gates BBQ, is hosting an event for the Mayor next Tuesday, November 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and you are invited!  Please come join Mr. Gates in helping the Mayor succeed in 2011.  Here is the invitation that he’s mailed out:

Mark Funkhouser for Mayor
A Dialogue with Funk
1. Where we have been
2. Where we are
3. Where we are going
Please join us!
Gates Banquet Room
4615 Paseo Blvd
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Light hors d’oeuvres, wine & soft drinks
Hosted by Friends of Funk
Hosea Haywood
Frank Pope
Rodney Knott                
Kenneth Raye
Ollie Gates
Leon Stapleton
George Gates
Bruce Watkins
Maurice Glover
Craig Watson
Rev. John M. Miles
Rev. W. H. White
~Donations are appreciated~
For more information, please call


We hope you can join us!
On A More Personal Note:
Last campaign, our daughter was away at college and our son was finishing up his last year of high school.  Now, much to our delight, they are both at home and deeply involved in the campaign.  This is wonderful for us on so many levels: they’re reliable, they’re hard workers, they’re used to being ordered around by their parents, and, last but not least, we don’t have to feel guilty when talking only about the campaign whenever we get together to relax!

Some People Say:

"If I could fix one thing in city government I'd get Councilmen who are fiscally conservative and don't vote on million dollar studies when I go out of town."

~Larry Hoffman

"I know you stand tall and we are here to help you stand strong - you have only begun and we need your leadership."
~Richard Darr

"These are things that touch each and every citizen: the roads and snow removal. I just wish the city government would realize that regular citizens do pay attention and that these simple things mean the world to people."
~Julie Gabriele

"As the Mayor, I admire your steadfast commitment for improvement. I appreciate your honesty and common sense approach to resolve problems. You have a thankless job and tough skin and an unyielding attitude that good will prevail. You have great ideas and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. I would be honored to help with your re-election."
~Lynn Anderson

"Mark's common sense is what is needed in all levels of government."
~Kent Rader

"I think Funkhouser is the most intelligent mayor Kansas City has ever had.  He's a blue-collar guy with a Ph.D."
~Bill Drummond

"Mayor Funkhouser listens to his constituents whether it's at the grocery store or a town hall meeting.  He hears our concerns and implements them at City Hall.  He is our voice."
~Laura Remy

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Funk relaxing on his porch

Campaign Kick-Off Party 

Campaign Kick-Off Party: Funk & Glor

Campaign Kick-Off Party

Campaign Kick-Off Party: Funk & Glor

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Levee Town:  The best blues band this
side of the Mississippi

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Kansas City, MO  64113
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