Marion Star: Marion schools, Morral join state transparency effort
January 12, 2017
The launch of the Marion City Schools and Village of Morral’s online checkbooks on OhioCheckbook.com this week means a milestone for the state treasurer’s transparency program.
Treasurer Josh Mandel said the program has surpassed 1,000 local governments and schools that have partnered with the Treasurer’s office to post their checkbook-level spending information on OhioCheckbook.com
There are some 3,962 local governments in the state. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.
The program, launched in December 2014 puts all state spending information on the internet. Ohio has earned the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row, Mandel said.
Mandel was joined at the announcement by Marion City Schools Treasurer Veronica Reinhart. Marion City Schools is the second school district in Marion County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com — Ridgedale already does so — and Morral is the first village in Marion County to post their spending on the site.
Marion City Schools’ online checkbook includes over 140,000 individual transactions that represent more than $292 million of total spending over the past five years.
Morral’s online checkbook includes over 2,000 individual transactions that represent more than $261,000 of total spending over the past four years.
“I applaud local leaders for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com.” Mandel said. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
“A goal of the district is to be as transparent as possible to our taxpayers.” Said Marion City Schools Treasurer Veronica Reinhart. By displaying our spending information in this new and exciting format, it is one more method of accomplishing that goal.”
“The Village of Morral is excited to use this powerful check book tool in order to allow our citizens and leaders more insight to the expenditures of the village,” said Fiscal Officer Phyllis Burns.