COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced the launch of the Bradford Village School District’s online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com. In 2014, 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 No. 1 government transparency ranking in the country for the third year in a row.
Bradford Village School District is the third school district in Miami County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com. Bradford’s online checkbook includes over 52,000 individual transactions that represent more than $34 million over the last five fiscal years.
“I believe the people of Miami 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 Mandel. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
“I believe the Ohio Checkbook provides the transparency that constituents not only deserve but have an inalienable right to have as a citizen of the government,” said Carla Surber, treasurer, Bradford Exempted Village School District.
“The need to provide clarity to the public is nothing short of the ultimate responsibility of a public official. We here at Bradford feel strongly that this entitlement should be fulfilled and feel that using the Checkbook aids those who have operational questions.”
On April 7, 2015, 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 Dec. 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 Sept. 30, 2018, there have been more than 1 million total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $678 billion in spending over the past 11 years, including more than 183 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 or go to BradfordExemptedVillageSchools.OhioCheckbook.com.