Defiance Crescent-News: Richland Township on OhioCheckbook.com
December 10, 2017
COLUMBUS — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced the launch of Richland Township’s online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com.
In December 2014, Mandel began OhioCheckbook.com that 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.
Richland Township is the third Defiance County township to post its spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
Richland Township’s online checkbook includes more than 4,400 individual transactions that represent more than $2 million of total spending over the past three 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 Mandel. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.
“The township of Richland is honored to join the other government entities in Defiance County as leaders in the OhioCheckbook.com initiative,” said Richland Township fiscal officer Tammy Flory.
Mandel sent a letter in April 2015 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.