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10/26/2017 CPIM Academy: Cleveland area
Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the City of Willowick Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com
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3/10/2016

Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Hamilton County Local Government and School Checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 575 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com

CINCINNATI – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Finneytown Local Schools, Southwest Local Schools, Village of Woodlawn and Village of Indian Hill online checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com.  

In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, 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.  OhioCheckbook.com 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 Finneytown Local Schools Treasurer David Oliverio, Village of Woodlawn Fiscal Officer Donna Pope, Village of Woodlawn City Manager Alan Geans and Village of Indian Hill Finance Director Scott Gully.

Finneytown Local Schools and Southwest Local Schools are the fifth and sixth schools in Hamilton County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com, the Village of Woodlawn and the Village of Indian Hill are the third and fourth villages in Hamilton County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.

The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:

Finneytown Schools’ online checkbook includes over 31,000 individual transactions that represent more than $51 million of total spending over the past two years.  
Southwest Schools’ online checkbook includes over 67,000 individual transactions that represent more than $71 million of total spending over the past two years. 
The Village of Woodlawn’s online checkbook includes over 25,000 individual transactions that represent more than $26.5 million of total spending over the past four years. 
The Village of Indian Hill’s online checkbook includes over 77,000 individual transactions that represent more than $95 million of total spending over the past five years. 

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

“Finneytown Local School district is excited to participate and partner with the Ohio Treasurer on the Ohio Checkbook Initiative,” said Dave Oliverio, Finneytown Local Schools Treasurer.  “We believe in taking our transparency to the next level and happy to be a part of this partnership.”

“Southwest Local Schools are excited to partner with the Ohio Treasurers office and continue on a path of Transparency,” stated Brian Rabe, Southwest Local Schools Treasurer.

“Being a part of OhioCheckbook.com offers a site that our residents can easily access to see where tax dollars are spent,” added Donna Pope, Village of Woodlawn Finance Director.  “As with many of the other entities have stated, it takes being transparent to the next level.  The Village of Woodlawn is very excited about partnering with Ohio Checkbook.com.”

“Indian Hill is proud to join the Ohio Checkbook program,” said Scott Gully, Village of Indian Hill Finance Director.  “While we have always maintained transparency, this program will allow our residents to view our finances in a whole new way.”

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 OhioCheckbook.com 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 OhioCheckbook.com 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 

OhioCheckbook.com 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, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of March 9, 2016 there have been more than 478,000 total searches on the site.  

OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $512 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 139 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 OhioCheckbook.com.  Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, 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 OhioCheckbook.com or click on:

FinneytownLocalSchools.OhioCheckbook.com;
SouthwestSchools.OhioCheckbook.com;
Woodlawn.OhioCheckbook.com;
IndianHill.OhioCheckbook.com.

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