Bucyrus Public Library Joins OhioCheckbook.com
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague today announced that the Bucyrus Public Library’s online checkbook has been added to OhioCheckbook.com.
Treasurer Sprague recognizes the value in continuing the legacy of the Ohio Checkbook, viewing it as a great resource in the quest for greater transparency in government.
“The Ohio Checkbook gives taxpayers a window into state and local government spending,” said Treasurer Sprague. “We’re happy to have the Bucyrus Public Library as a partner in improving transparency and empowering its citizens to get involved in the decisions impacting their community.”
The Bucyrus Public Library is the first library in Crawford County to join OhioCheckbook.com. The library’s online checkbook includes over 2,000 individual transactions that represent more than $1 million in spending from 2015 through 2017.
Launched in 2014, OhioCheckbook.com became the first resource aiming to make all state spending information available online. For three years running, Ohio has been recognized by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group with the number one government transparency ranking in the country.
“We are grateful for the support the community gives to the Bucyrus Library,” said Brenda Crider, Director of the Bucyrus Public Library. “It is our hope to show their investment is being put to good use by participating in the Ohio Checkbook program.”
Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has garnered the interest of those hoping to learn more about how Ohio’s tax dollars are spent. As of February 2019, there have been more than 1,060,000 searches on the site, and the Treasurer’s office continues working with local governments and constituents to leverage the site’s capabilities.
The Treasurer’s office will continue partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio with the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.
For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on BucyrusPublicLibrary.OhioCheckbook.com.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $20 billion investment and $10 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.