Ashtabula Star Beacon: Ashtabula's checkbook now online
Ashtabula Star Beacon
By Shelley Terry
March 10, 2017
ASHTABULA — A representative from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's office announced the launch of the city's online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com Friday morning.
Jeffrey Heinrich, public affairs representative for Mandel, demonstrated the OhioCheckbook.com to Council's Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.
"It will be available to the public at 10 a.m. today," he said. "The city of Ashtabula's data goes from 2008 to 2015 ... that's more than 77,000 checks."
Finance Director Dana Pinkert said she will be adding 2016's data in the near future.
OhioCheckbook.com earned the state the No. 1 government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row, Heinrich said.
Ashtabula recently posted its spending on the site, which includes various user-friendly tools, such as bar and pie graphs, Heinrich said.
"We are very happy to have the city of Ashtabula on the site," he said.
Pinkert said the city understands the importance of transparency to its taxpayers. She plans on updating the site quarterly.
In January, Geneva was the first city in Ashtabula County to post its spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
The site was developed with the help of California-based web developer OpenGov, and launched in 2014. Now citizens can see every expenditure in state and local government.
To view a particular local government website, go to the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com.