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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Pike County and Perry Township Checkbooks on
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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Medina City Schools Checkbook on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 100 Local Government and School District Sites Live on

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

MEDINA – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel stood today with Medina City School officials and announced the launch of Medina City Schools checkbook on  Last year, 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 ranking in the country for government transparency.    

Treasurer Mandel was joined at today’s announcement by Medina City Schools Assistant Treasurer Jeanne Blankenship. With this launch, taxpayers are now able to view over 308,000 individual checks representing more than $486 million of total spending over the past six fiscal years.  

Medina City Schools is the 121st entity in Ohio to post their checkbook level expenditures on  Combined, all local government and school district checkbook sites include more than 7.3 million individual checks that equate to more than $17.7 billion worth of total spending.  

“I believe the people of Medina County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with the Treasurer’s office to post their finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By partnering and posting local government checkbooks, taxpayers across Ohio are empowered with a powerful tool to hold public officials accountable within their communities.” 

“It has always been the intent of the Medina City School District to provide as much financial information to district taxpayers as possible without overwhelming them,” said Medina Schools Treasurer David Chambers.  “Now working with the State Treasurer, we will be able to provided more comprehensive information, thus giving the taxpayer in the district another checks and balances tool to view with regard to the use of district funds in a reasonable and responsible manner.”

On April 7th, 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 November 5, 2015 there have been more than 377,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $473 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 130 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, 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.  

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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