Rumor Report (Post Campaign):
This page is set up specifically to combat the Rumor Mill in Columbia City. If you have heard a rumor that is not listed here, please send it below and we will try to answer it as quickly as possible.
Rumor #1: Ryan collaborated with Mayor Fleck to get a raise.
Truth: This is absolutely false. I did not ask for a raise from Mayor Fleck, nor any of the council members. Individuals who question this, question my integrity.
Rumor #2: Mayor Fleck has bought a brand new car for Ryan to drive.
Truth: Again, this is a rumor. The beginning of this rumor started when Mayor Fleck recently bought a new car for his family, not for the Mayor's position. We still have the Taurus and I don't plan to change that.
Rumor #3: Ryan's first decision in office was to raise water rates.
Truth: The water rate increase was in process prior to my taking office. Rate payers received the public notice during the time I took office. This is a step in the full process of review. The OUCC is a state agency which reviews rate increases and takes into consideration the need for the increase as well as the public's view.
Rumor #4: Ryan is shutting down the pool in 2012.
Truth: While the pool has continued to sink financially, we won't be shutting it down this year. First, the Park Board would need to make that decision. Second, it is my hope that before a long-term shut down, we would tell the public in advance of a summer season.