News Messenger: Elmore, Oak Harbor join Ohio Checkbook public program
Fremont News Messenger
January 18, 2017
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the launch of the Village of Oak Harbor and the Village of Elmore’s online checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com.
In December 2014, Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which promotes 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.
Oak Harbor Fiscal Officer Henry Jarrett, Mayor Joe Helle, Administrator Randall Genzman and members of Oak Harbor City Council also shared in the announcement. Oak Harbor and Elmore are the second and third villages in Ottawa County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:
Oak Harbor’s online checkbook includes over 21,000 individual transactions that represent more than $19.7 million of total spending over the past three years.
Elmore’s online checkbook includes over 10,000 individual transactions that represent more than $10.9 million of total spending over the past three years.
“Oak Harbor Village is looking forward to using the OhioCheckbook.com application and we are excited to join other entities in Ottawa County as leaders in transparency,” said Fiscal Officer Henry Jarrett.
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.
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.
For more information or to view a local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on OakHarbor.OhioCheckbook.com or Elmore.OhioCheckbook.com.