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Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Pike County and Perry Township Checkbooks on

Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 1,325 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

WAVERLY– Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Pike County and Perry Township’s online checkbooks on  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched, 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. recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.    

The Ohio Treasurer’s office was joined at today’s announcement by Pike County Auditor Erica Snodgrass and Pike County Commissioners Blaine Beekman, Tony Montgomery and J. Fred Foster.   

Pike County is the 34th county in Ohio to post their spending on, and Perry Township is the first township in Pike County to post their spending on
The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:

Pike County’s online checkbook includes over 54,000 individual transactions that represent more than $36 million of total spending over the past year.   
Perry Township’s online checkbook includes over 1,300 individual transactions that represent more than $654,000 of total spending over the past four years.    

“I believe the people of Pike 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,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”

“Pike County is proud to partner with Treasurer Mandel to bring this cutting edge tool to our residents at no cost to the County,” said Pike County Auditor Erica Snodgrass.  “Now, for the first time, Pike County residents can go online and see how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent.”

“It is my privilege to work with the State Treasurer’s office in this endeavor to make our financial records available to the public,” said Perry Township Fiscal Officer Michael Schreck.  “The taxpaying citizens of Pike County have the right to know where and how their tax dollars are being spent.”

On April 7, 2015 Treasurer 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 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.  

A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for and local government transparency, including:

Ohio Municipal League 
Ohio Township Association 
Ohio Association of School Business Officials 
Buckeye Association of School Administrators 
County Commissioner Association of Ohio 
County Auditor Association of Ohio 
Ohio Newspaper Association 
Ohio Society of CPAs 
Buckeye Institute 
Common Cause Ohio 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, has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of February 22, 2017 there have been more than 913,000 total searches on the site. displays more than $644 billion in spending over the past ten years, including more than 173 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.

In March 2015, 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  Due to the launch of, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.

In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row.  Due to the launch of, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.    

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 or click on:;