Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced on Monday the launch of the Village of Owensville’s 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 government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at the announcement by Mayor Rick McEvoy, Vice Mayor Mike Perry, Village Council members Fred Bauer, Paul McEvoy and Joe Bailey, and Clerk of Courts Julie Farmer.
The Village of Owensville is the fifth village in Clermont County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com. Owensville’s online checkbook includes over 5,800 individual transactions that represent more than $1.3 million of total spending over the past three years.
“I believe the people of Clermont 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.
Mandel continued, “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
“Transparency is good,” said Owensville Mayor Rick McEvoy. “We believe in allowing our residents to be able to follow their taxpayer dollars. We are proud to participate in OhioCheckbook.com.”
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 February 4, 2017 there have been more than 900,000 total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $644 billion in spending over the past ten years, including more than 173 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.
For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com.
Also be sure to click on Owensville.OhioCheckbook.com to see what’s going on with the village of Owensville.