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Funkstown briefs

December 08, 2008

Auditor's report shared

FUNKSTOWN -- The auditor cometh!

Rodney Saunders, a partner with McGladrey and Pullen, attended Monday night's town meeting with a message that was educational and informative for the Town of Funkstown.

Much of Saunders' discussion concerned different methods of reporting and additional procedures that he said were for the town's benefit.

Financial statements showed the town experienced an increase in revenue -- up $43,000 this year from $5,000 last year, Saunders said.

Capital assets showed a $2.3 million increase. That is from the town's new wastewater treatment plant, which recently went online.

"And the general fund has no debt for the first time in 20 years," Saunders said.

The only cloud was the lack of timely recording of transactions involving the treatment plant, Saunders said.

"They were done, but not in a timely fashion," he said, noting that all are now recorded.

Council members listened to the detailed report and had few questions.

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"This is the best the town has had it in many years," Councilman Kim Ramer said.

Town ready for Old Tyme Christmas

FUNKSTOWN -- Plans are complete for Friday's Olde Tyme Christmas. All that remains are last-minute decorating and lighting of candles.

"I talked to Santa and we should have fairly decent weather Friday ... if you like it cold," said Rich Gaver, longtime chairman of the holiday event.

Gaver said despite the economy, his committee was able to secure 34 raffle baskets, most averaging $30 to $40 in value. "That is the most we have ever gotten," he said.

Already thinking ahead to next year, Gaver said he and his committee plan to ask for $4,500 from the hotel/motel tax funds for 2009 Olde Tyme Christmas events and other lasting improvements.

-- Marlo Barnhart

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