Harmony Township Joins OhioCheckbook.com
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague today announced that Harmony Township’s (Morrow County) online checkbook has been added to OhioCheckbook.com.
Treasurer Sprague recognizes the value in continuing the legacy of the Ohio Checkbook, viewing it as a great resource in the quest for greater transparency in government.
“Ohio taxpayers deserve to know how their hard-earned dollars are being spent in local and state government, and that is exactly what the Ohio Checkbook allows them to see,” said Treasurer Sprague. “We are excited to have Harmony Township join us as a partner in moving towards a more transparent future.”
Harmony Township is the fourth township in Morrow County to join OhioCheckbook.com. The township’s online checkbook includes over 2,000 individual transactions that represent more than $1 million in spending from 2013 through 2017.
“We want the residents of Harmony Township to understand how their hard earned money is spent," said John Pennington, Fiscal Officer of Harmony Township. "The township does a lot with a shoe string budget and they should know their dollars are being put to good use."
Launched in 2014, OhioCheckbook.com became the first resource aiming to make all state spending information available online. For three years running, Ohio has been recognized by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group with the number one government transparency ranking in the country.
Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has garnered the interest of those hoping to learn more about how Ohio’s tax dollars are spent. As of March 2019, there have been more than 1,070,000 searches on the site, and the Treasurer’s office continues working with local governments and constituents to leverage the site’s capabilities.
The Treasurer’s office will continue partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio with the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.
For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on HarmonyTownshipMorrow.OhioCheckbook.com.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $20 billion investment and $10 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.