News

What's Your Question? 

   

   



Answer

Through Ohio Treasury's Renew & Rebuild Ohio linked deposit program, small business owners, farmers, and homeowners affected by the floods and severe weather are now eligible to receive interest rate reductions on loans.

Thank you for your question.

X

I believe government should serve the people. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions we can assist in answering.

RECENT QUESTION

How can the Treasurer help me repair my home or business from severe weather damage?
See Answer »

State Treasury Feed

Show:
9/28/2017 CPIM Academy: Cincinnati area
Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Logan County Local Government Checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com
content containter top

3/10/2016

Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Upper Arlington Schools Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com

COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of Upper Arlington Schools online checkbook 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.    

Upper Arlington Schools is the third school district in Franklin County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.  The Upper Arlington Schools online checkbook includes over 165,000 individual transactions that represent more than $337 million of total spending over three fiscal years.  

“I believe the people of Upper Arlington 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.” 

“UA Schools is excited to join OhioCheckbook.com and provide additional transparency measurers for our taxpayers,” said Andrew Geistfeld, Upper Arlington City Schools Treasurer.  “It is important to show our citizens where their hard earned tax money is being spent.” 

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 UpperArlingtonSchools.OhioCheckbook.com.

####
content container bottom