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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Miami University Checkbook on
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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Lucas and Wood County Local Government and School Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 500 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

OREGON – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Oregon City Schools online checkbook on  Also announced today is a partnership with the City of Rossford and the Ohio Treasurer’s office to place their spending on  In December 2014, 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.    

The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at today’s announcement by Oregon City Schools Treasurer Jane Fruth, Superintendent Hal Gregory, Board of Education Vice-President Michael Csehi and City of Rossford Finance Director Karen Freeman.

Oregon City Schools’ online checkbook includes over 88,000 individual transactions that represent more than $219 million of total spending over the past five Fiscal Years.  Oregon City Schools is the second school district in Lucas County to post their spending on  The City of Rossford is the first city in Wood County to partner with the Treasurer’s office to post their spending on

“I believe the people of Lucas County and Wood 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,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.” 

“As a School Treasurer, I am always looking for ways to improve the transparency of district financial information,” said Oregon City Schools Treasurer Jane Fruth.  “The site provides a convenient tool for taxpayers to review district expenses.”

“Oregon City Schools is proud to take part of the ‘checkbook’ program providing our community continued transparency of funds to better inform our taxpayers and local families,” said Oregon City Schools Superintendent Hal Gregory. 

“The City of Rossford is excited to work with the Treasurer’s office on,” said City of Rossford Finance Director Karen Freeman.  “This initiative will be helpful in communicating with our citizens about the hard work we put in to ensure their taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely.”

On April 7, 2015 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 February 9, 2016 there have been more than 458,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $506 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 137 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 2015, 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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