BUTLER TWP. – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced last Wednesday the launch of the Butler Township online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com. In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, 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. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for a second year in a row.
The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at the announcement by Butler Township Trustee Nick Brusky and Township Administrator Erika Vogel. Butler Township is the third township in Montgomery County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
Butler Township’s online checkbook includes over 22,000 individual transactions that represent more than $31 million of total spending over the past four years.
“I believe the people of Montgomery County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
“This is an easy partnership for Butler Township, as transparency is a building block for trust,” said Board of Trustees President Mike Lang. “Much like we check our own bank accounts from the comfort of home or the convenience of our phones, the same accessibility makes smart sense for keeping tabs on government spending.”
“The Township wants to leverage all available technology and means available to operate efficiently,” said Trustee Nick Brusky. “This is just another opportunity to partner with an outside government agency to govern our citizens in an effective manner.”
“More transparency in government is always a good thing,” said State Representative Mike Henne. “I applaud Butler Township for moving onto OhioCheckbook.com and will continue to support additional transparency efforts in my district and the state.”
OhioCheckbook.com 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, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of May 23, 2016 there have been more than 542,000 total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $517 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 142 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.
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.
For more information or to view your local government website, visit the Local Government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on ButlerTownshipMontgomery.OhioCheckbook.com.