Canton Repository: 'Checkbook' sites show Jackson, Canal Fulton transparency
March 24, 2016
Expense reports from Jackson Township and the city of Canal Fulton are now part of the online checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com.
In December 2014, Ohio Treasurer Josh 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, according to a news release.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $512 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 139 million transactions. The website allows users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor; contains interactive charts; has functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; the capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and has direct contact for agency fiscal offices.
Jackson Township’s online checkbook - JacksonTownshipStark.OhioCheckbook.com - includes more than 40,000 individual transactions that represent more than $112 million of total spending over the past five years. Canal Fulton’s online checkbook - CanalFulton.OhioCheckbook.com - includes more than 19,000 individual transactions that represent more than $23 million of total spending over the past three years.