Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of Delaware County Local Government Checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 680 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com
Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office
WESTERVILLE – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Genoa Township, Delaware Township, Porter Township and Troy Township 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 government transparency ranking in the country for a second year in a row.
The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at today’s announcement by Genoa Township Trustees Frank Dantonio, Karl Gebhardt and Rick Carfagna, Genoa Township Fiscal Officer Patrick Myers, and Genoa Township Administrator Paul Wise. Genoa Township, Delaware Township, Porter Township and Troy Township are the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh townships in Delaware County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:
- Genoa Township’s online checkbook includes over 16,000 individual transactions that represent more than $36 million of total spending over the past four years.
- Delaware Township’s online checkbook includes over 2,000 individual transactions that represent more than $1.8 million of total spending over the past four years.
- Porter Township’s online checkbook includes over 500 individual transactions that represent more than $274,000 of total spending over the Fiscal Year 2015.
- Troy Township’s online checkbook includes over 1,700 individual transactions that represent more than $994,000 of total spending over the past four years.
“I believe the people of Delaware 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.”
“Genoa Township is very excited about the opportunity to offer our residents a new tool and ability to view the financial information of the Township at OhioCheckbook.com,” said Fiscal Officer Patrick Myers. “The Fiscal Office and The Board of Trustees have always made information available upon request and also provide summary information in our newsletter and at all Township Trustee meetings. Taking the step to place our Financials online is just one more way to make information readily available to our residents.”
“This was an extremely easy process,” said Delaware Township Fiscal Officer Barbara Thomas. “This information being made readily accessible to the public simplifies life and is just the right thing to do.”
“OhioCheckbook.com is a great service to the taxpayers of Ohio,” said Troy Township Fiscal Officer Sharon Malcom. “It allows users to review the government’s expenditures at a great level of detail or on an overview basis. The graphics and search capabilities are user friendly for those with even basic computer skills. It is also a great management tool, at no additional cost, for the officials responsible for the finances of the Township. With internet access, they can review the financial data anytime to review trends, drill down to specific expenditures, or just gain a better understanding of the finances of their entity.”
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 May 10, 2016 there have been more than 531,000 total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $517 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 142 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.
In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row. Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible 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: