Lake County Joins OhioCheckbook.com
Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague joined Lake County Auditor Christopher Galloway earlier today to announce that Lake County has joined OhioCheckbook.com. The announcement came as part of a press conference held this morning at Kirtland City Hall.
“The Ohio Checkbook offers hard-working taxpayers a better look at how their money is spent across the state,” said Treasurer Sprague. “We’re excited to have Lake County join us in this effort to help provide Ohioans with more insight on the decisions being made with their tax dollars.”
Lake County is the 44th county to join OhioCheckbook.com. The county’s online checkbook includes over 149,000 individual transactions that represent more than $1.56 billion in spending in 2017 and 2018.
“Ohio Checkbook is a powerful tool of governmental transparency,” said Auditor Galloway. “It was a priority of mine when I became Auditor to put Lake County on the platform. Now our residents will have full visibility on how their tax dollars are being spent by the county. Accountability begins with transparency. Lake County residents should be proud to know their government is fully accountable to them.”
Launched in 2014, OhioCheckbook.com became the first resource aiming to make all state spending information available online. There are currently more than 1,100 local government entities on the Ohio Checkbook, and more than 40 have joined since January.
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 August 2019, there have been more than 1.2 million searches on the site, and the Treasurer’s office continues working with local governments and constituents to leverage the site’s capabilities.