Liberty Township Partners with Treasurer Josh Mandel to Post Spending on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Continues to Build for Government Transparency as Treasurer’s Office Forms Partnerships with Local Governments Throughout Ohio
COLUMBUS – Liberty Township, Delaware County, Fiscal Officer Mark Gerber and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel today announced a partnership to post Liberty Township’s spending information online at OhioCheckbook.com. Last year, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet for taxpayers to search, sort and download. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one ranking in the country for government transparency, setting a new national standard.
In April, Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state with an invitation to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s office and post their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com at no cost. Liberty Township is among the first wave of local governments to answer the call for increased transparency.
“I believe the people of Liberty Township have a right to know how their tax money is being spent and I applaud Liberty Township for partnering with the Treasurer’s office to post their finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel. “My vision is to create an army of citizen watchdogs who are empowered to hold public officials accountable.”
Mark Gerber, Liberty Fiscal Officer, said, “Although detailed financial information is posted on Liberty Township’s website, I am pleased to increase our transparency by working with Treasurer Mandel’s office on this exciting project. The data for the years 2011-June, 2015 have been uploaded to the website.”
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 taxpayers, media and good government groups across the state and country.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $408 billion in spending over the past seven years, including more than 112 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.
Last month, 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.
For more information visit OhioCheckbook.com.