Bryan Times: Ohio Turnpike joins Ohio Checkbook program
February 28, 2018
If you’re curious about the Ohio Turnpike’s financial operations and/or its reasoning for making certain decisions, now you can see for yourself.
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission recently became the latest, and largest, entity in a line of organizations to share their finances with the public around the clock, with its newly added presence to OhioCheckbook.com
The voluntary program provides an in-depth look at organizations close to the public eye. Area entities currently sharing information include The villages of Edgerton, Stryker, Blakeslee, Ney and Hicksville as well as St. Joseph Township, German Township and Franklin Township
1,325 state organizations take part in the program, showing over $644 billion in finances over the past 10 years, according to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office.
“I believe the people of Ohio 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 Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is pleased to partner with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in posting our expenditures on OhioCheckbook.com,” said OTIC Executive Director Randy Cole. “OhioCheckbook.com is a great resource to demonstrate how the Commission manages its budget and provides citizens with an easy way to search OTIC’s expenses.”
Since December 2014, the treasurer’s office has partnered with OpenGov, a “leading Silicon Valley government technology company,” to provide the service.