I prefer facts to rumors. So when I heard a rumor that the city of Olympia is in financial crisis, I submitted a formal request for information asking for the city’s current debt level as of September 2019. 

Nanci Lien, the city’s finance director, refused to tell me. Instead, she referred to an out-of-date figure. Wow!

The rumors are bad enough. Now the staff are refusing to disclose public information, which makes me wonder if the rumors are understating the situation.

The city must come clean about their financial situation. And the staff must honor government transparency.

Karen Rogers

Former Olympia city councilor

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