Findlay Courier: City of Findlay joins OhioCheckbook.com
December 2, 2016
The City of Findlay’s “online checkbook” has been delivered as promised, city officials said in a press conference held today with officials from State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office to announce the launch.
Findlay’s page on OhioCheckbook.com is live and now includes over 75,500 individual transactions that represent more than $313 million in spending over the past four years. City officials had promised to join the site by year’s end.
Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, which initially only included state-level expenditures.
Nearly 900 counties, cities, villages, school districts and other entities are participating in the site. There is no cost for the government bodies.
The database is filled with graphics and a Google-like interface. It displays more than $540 billion in spending, including more than 148 million transactions.
The City of Findlay went live with its own financial transparency website, FindlayOhioFinances.com, in August.
That website was created by the city auditor’s office and Tyler Technologies, the company that owns the city’s financial software system, MUNIS.
Findlay’s website is updated weekly, and allows users to look at the city’s finances from 2012 to the present. It also allows users to see vendor payments and city departments’ spending. Users are able to download spreadsheets of selected data, and search the database based on funds, categories, functions and departments.
The website is similar to OhioCheckbook.com, except Findlay’s website includes both revenues and expenses. The state’s site only lists expenditures.
Frank Kohstall, deputy director of public affairs for Mandel’s office said the combination of the two sites may make Findlay the most “transparent” government entity in the state. And, with the city’s data on OhioCheckbook.com set to automatically update weekly with information linked to the city’s website, Kohstall said it will also be the most up-to-date information available on OhioCheckbook.com.
He said most OhioCheckbook.com 600 local government pages are updated monthly, quarterly or yearly.