Ohio Valley Local School District Joins OhioCheckbook.com
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague today announced that the Ohio Valley Local School District (Adams County) has joined 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.
“The Ohio Checkbook allows residents to see how their hard-earned dollars are put to use in their communities," said Treasurer Sprague. “Today, I'm happy to welcome the Ohio Valley Local School District as our newest partner in the effort to achieve greater government transparency."
The Ohio Valley Local School District is the second school district in Adams County to join OhioCheckbook.com. The district's online checkbook includes over 131,000 individual transactions that represent more than $212 million in spending from 2014 - 2018.
“Serving the families and young people of this district is an honor and privilege,” said Charalena Bess, Ohio Valley School Board President. “It is, therefore, a high priority to involve stakeholders in the decision making processes of this school system. Being transparent is important for community engagement and involvement. That is why we are so glad to be joining the Ohio Checkbook program.”
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 June 2019, there have been more than 1,120,000 searches on the site, and the Treasurer’s office continues working with local governments and constituents to leverage the site’s capabilities.
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.