Defiance Crescent News: Adams, Defiance townships join Ohio Checkbook
Defiance Crescent News
May 2, 2017
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Defiance Township and Adams Township’s online checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com.
In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
Defiance Township and Adams Township are the first townships in Defiance County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:
- Defiance Township’s online checkbook includes over 560 individual transactions that represent more than $469,000 of total spending over Fiscal Year 2016.
- Adams Township’s online checkbook includes over 1,700 individual transactions that represent more than $1.1 million of total spending over the past four years.
"I believe the people of Defiance County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com," said Treasurer Mandel. "By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable."
"We are proud to be one of the first townships in Defiance County to take a step forward in providing easy to use, easy to understand, transparency to our residents," said Defiance Township Fiscal Officer Tim Houck.
"Our township is proud to place our spending information on OhioCheckbook.com for our citizens to view," said Adams Township Fiscal Officer James Daman. "We have always valued transparency and this new program provided by the Ohio Treasurer’s office is a free and easy to use tool for our community."
On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.