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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Miami University Checkbook on
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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Concord Township and City of Willoughby Hills Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 1,240 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

CONCORD TOWNSHIP– Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of Concord Township and the City of Willoughby Hills’ online checkbooks on  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, 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. 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 Concord Township Fiscal Officer Amy Dawson and Concord Township Board of Trustee members Paul Malchesky, Christopher Galloway and Caroline Luhta.   

Concord Township is the third township in Lake County to post their spending on and Willoughby Hills is the sixth city in Lake County to post their spending on  

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

Concord Township’s online checkbook includes over 14,000 individual transactions that represent more than $36 million of total spending over the past four years.       
Willoughby Hills’ online checkbook includes over 76,000 individual transactions that represent more than $105 million of total spending over the past six years.       

“I believe the people of Lake 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,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”

“I was pleased to work with Treasurer Mandel’s staff and am grateful for all of the Trustees’ support in bringing this program to Concord Township,” said Concord Township Fiscal Officer Amy Dawson.     

“Concord is pleased to join Treasurer Mandel’s forward-thinking ‘Ohio Checkbook’ program,” said Concord Township Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman Christopher Galloway.  “This is yet another great opportunity for Concord to provide enhanced transparency for our residents.”

“The City of Willoughby Hills is proud to join the program and display our spending online to make it easier for our citizens to view,” said Willoughby Hills Finance Director Frank Brichacek.  “Thank you to the Ohio Treasurer’s office for making this process easy and for making it free for our community. We look forward to using the website to keep our community informed and engaged in the great work we are doing for the people of Willoughby Hills.” 

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 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 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 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, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of October 29, 2017 there have been more than 846,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $621 billion in spending over the past ten years, including more than 168 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  Due to the launch of, 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, 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 or click on:; 


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