19 November 2010
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 &
The news came in a presentation of the fiscal year 2010 financial
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
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
- 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
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
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!
"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."
"I know you
stand tall and we are here to help you stand strong - you have only begun
and we need your leadership."
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."
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."
common sense is what is needed in all levels of government."
Funkhouser is the most intelligent mayor Kansas City has ever had.
He's a blue-collar guy with a Ph.D."
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."
Funk relaxing on his porch
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