Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday the launch of Green Township’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.
Green Township is the sixth township in Ross County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com. Green Township’s online checkbook includes over 7,400 individual transactions that represent more than $3.8 million of total spending over the past five years.
“I believe the people of Ross 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.”
“Green Township is happy to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s Office to offer this cutting edge transparency tool to our residents at no cost to the township,” said Green Township Fiscal Officer Brad McCorkle. “The people of Green Township work hard for their money and they deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent.”
“Green Township is proud to implement on-line fiscal transparency at OhioCheckbook.com in cooperation with the Ohio Treasurer’s Office,” said the Green Township Trustees in a joint statement. “This is one of the most interactive tools we have seen at any level of government and is available at no cost to the township.”
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.
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 October 29, 2017 there have been more than 846,000 total searches on the site.