Circleville Herald: Villages join online checkbook
By Amanda Plotts
December 20, 2016
Two more villages in Pickaway County are now live on The Ohio Treasurer’s transparency website, OhioCheckbook.com. Representatives from the Treasurer’s office announced the launch of the Village of Commercial Point and the Village of South Bloomfield on Monday.
The two villages join the City of Circleville, Pickaway County, Pickaway County Common Pleas Court, Circleville Municipal Court, the Village of Ashville, Village of New Holland, and Scioto Township in an effort to offer more financial transparency.
“The Village of Commercial Point is excited to join OhioCheckbook.com,” said Fiscal Officer Wendy Hastings. “This website will provide greater transparency for our residents and allows easy access to public information.”
In December 2014, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com and for the first time in Ohio history, put all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
According to Jamie Barker, public affairs liaison with the Treasurer’s office, there are 557 live sites throughout the state of Ohio with another 1,000 committed entities that will going live in the near future.
“OhioCheckbook.com has changed the game and it really has become a new national standard in terms of government transparency and empowering people to watch how their tax dollars are being spent,” Barker said.
Commercial Point’s online checkbook includes over 6,400 individual transactions that represent more than $4.3 million of total spending over the past four years. South Bloomfield’s online checkbook includes over 4,200 individual transactions that represent more than $2 million of total spending over the past two years.
“The officials of South Bloomfield continuously work to be transparent with the greater community,” said chief fiscal officer Iris Darst.