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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Pike County and Perry Township Checkbooks on
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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Partnership with South Euclid as First City in Northeast Ohio to Post Checkbook on

Momentum Builds for Statewide Government Transparency as Has Received Over 200,000 Searches in the First Five Months 

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

SOUTH EUCLID – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel stood today with South Euclid leaders and announced the first partnership between the Ohio Treasurer’s office and a Northeast Ohio city government to place their spending online at  Last year, Treasurer Mandel launched, 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. recently earned Ohio the number one ranking in the country for government transparency.   

Treasurer Mandel was joined at today’s announcement by South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo.  South Euclid is the first city in Northeast Ohio to announce a partnership with the Treasurer’s office to place their spending information on

On April 7th, 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 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. 

“I believe the people of South Euclid have a right to know how their tax money is being spent and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with the Treasurer’s office to post their finances on,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “My vision is to create an army of citizen watchdogs who are empowered to hold public officials accountable.”

“In South Euclid, we are leaders and not followers,” stated Mayor Welo.  “Which is why today I am honored to announce that the City of South Euclid will be the first city in Cuyahoga County to participate in the Treasurer’s Transparency Project and put South Euclid’s Checkbook Online.”

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for 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 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, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of May 8, 2015, there have been more than 200,000 total searches on the site. 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  Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings. 

The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format.  “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.

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