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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Miami University Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com
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9/19/2017

Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Morrow County Local Government and School Checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 1,210 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office


GALION– Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Northmor Local School District, North Bloomfield Township, Canaan Township, and the Village of Sparta’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.    

The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at the announcement by Northmor Local Schools Superintendent Chad Redmon, Treasurer Tammi Cowell and members of the Board of Education.  Also joining in the announcement was North Bloomfield Township Fiscal Officer Kathy Miller.  

Northmor Local Schools is the fourth school district in Morrow County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com, North Bloomfield Township and Canaan Township are the second and third townships in Morrow County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com, and Sparta is the second village in Morrow County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.  With the addition of Northmor Local Schools, Morrow County also becomes the first county in the state to have all major school districts online. 

The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:

Northmor Local Schools’ online checkbook includes over 8,200 individual transactions that represent more than $13 million of total spending over the past year. 
North Bloomfield Township’s online checkbook includes over 1,600 individual transactions that represent more than $1 million of total spending over the past four years.       
Canaan Township’s online checkbook includes over 800 individual transactions that represent more than $620,000 of total spending over the past three years.       
Sparta’s online checkbook includes over 1,700 individual transactions that represent more than $480,000 of total spending over the past four years.              

“I believe the people of Morrow 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.” 

“Northmor Local School District has chosen to partner with the State Treasurer’s Office in hopes to further the trend of trust, transparency, and fiscal responsibility in our community,” said Northmor Local Schools Treasurer Tammi Cowell. 

“The Township of North Bloomfield is proud to be a part of the State Treasurer’s efforts to improve financial transparency,” said North Bloomfield Township Fiscal Officer Kathy Miller. “Our Ohio Checkbook site provides an additional resource for local residents to understand how tax dollars are being spent.”

“Canaan Township is proud to be a Morrow County leader in transparency. By joining OhioCheckbook.com, our residents can access public spending information at any time,” added Canaan Township Fiscal Officer Deana Detwiler.  

“The Village of Sparta is committed to providing financial transparency for our residents,” stated Sparta Treasurer Jac Cooperider.  “We are proud to be a part of the OhioCheckbook.com initiative.”

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.  

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for OhioCheckbook.com and local government transparency, including:

Ohio Municipal League 
Ohio Township Association 
Ohio Association of School Business Officials 
Buckeye Association of School Administrators 
County Commissioner Association of Ohio 
County Auditor Association of Ohio 
Ohio Newspaper Association 
Ohio Society of CPAs 
Buckeye Institute 
Common Cause Ohio 

OhioCheckbook.com was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government.  Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of September 10, 2017 there have been more than 821,000 total searches on the site.  

OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $608 billion in spending over the past nine years, including more than 166 million transactions.  The website includes cutting-edge features such as:

“Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;
Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;
Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,
Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.

In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data.  Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com.  Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.    

The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.

For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on:

NorthmorLocalSchools.OhioCheckbook.com;
NorthBloomfieldTownshipMorrow.OhioCheckbook.com;
CanaanTownshipMorrow.OhioCheckbook.com;
Sparta.OhioCheckbook.com. 

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