Funkstown briefs

December 09, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

Auditor's report shared

Rodney Saunders, a partner with the auditing firm of McGladrey and Pullen, attended Monday night's town meeting with a message 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 of $43,000, 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.

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


Olde Tyme Christmas

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 that 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 for some lasting improvements.

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