Dear fellow tax hikers, we are just learning that our man Rick Bryan and Blue Ash City Council have spent over $200,000 of Blue Ash taxpayer funds sending Rick and his Council Comrades on junkets to Germany. You see, Blue Ash has a "Sister City" program with Ilmenau, Germany, a small city hours away from anything - well, except great German beer.
Every year or two, Blue Ash sends approximately 15 people (Council members and their closest friends) on a
For the record, we strongly support this program and the $200,000 (and counting) spent on it. We repudiate the Jonathan Dever campaign for their video making fun of these expenditures:
When High Flyin' Rick Bryan gets a chance to go, he doesn't have to be asked twice.
Here's Rick enjoying the 2002 vacation:
High Flyin' Rick Bryan in 2005:
High Flyin' Rick Bryan in an undetermined year:
Rick was obviously headed to a very important business meeting.
He's been there so often he's acquired the nickname of "Ricky Baby" by his good German friends, who no doubt appreciate the infusion of Blue Ash taxpayer funds into the Ilmenau economy.
Oh, and did we note this "Sister City" program was created under....... Former Mayor Rick Bryan! We believe this is a perfectly appropriate use of over $200,000 of your tax money. If we can get Rick to Columbus, he can use his great leadership to create Sister City Vacation Funds all over Ohio! Until then, enjoy the taxpayer-funded vacations Ricky Baby!