Sandusky City Schools Partners with Treasurer Josh Mandel to Post Spending on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Continues to Build for Government Transparency as Treasurer’s Office Forms Partnerships with Local Governments Throughout Ohio
COLUMBUS – The Sandusky City Schools Treasurer’s office and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced a partnership to The Sandusky City Schools spending information online at OhioCheckbook.com. Last year, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet for taxpayers to search, sort and download. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one ranking in the country for government transparency, setting a new national standard.
In April, Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state with an invitation to partner with the Ohio Treasurer’s office and post their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com at no cost. Sandusky City Schools is among the first wave of local governments to answer the call for increased transparency.
“I believe the people of the Sandusky City School district have a right to know how their tax money is being spent and I applaud the Sandusky City Schools for partnering with the Treasurer’s office to post their finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel. “My vision is to create an army of citizen watchdogs who are empowered to hold public officials accountable.”
“Sandusky City Schools is excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office on OhioCheckbook.com”, we look forward to offering this service for our stakeholders. We are proud to be the first school district in Erie County to join this collaborative effort with the State of Ohio Treasurer’s office, and look forward to this opportunity." -Mrs. Gina Deppert, CFO/Treasurer
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 taxpayers, media and good government groups across the state and country. To date, there have been more than 193,000 total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com 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 OhioCheckbook.com. Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings. For more information visit OhioCheckbook.com.