Willoughby News Herald: Kirtland Public Library joins OhioCheckbook.com
Willoughby News Herald
February 7, 2017
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced recently the launch of Kirtland Public Library’s online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com.
The program, created to foster government transparency, was begun in 2014 with all state spending information being posted online.
Kirtland Public Library is the second library in Lake County to post its spending on OhioCheckbook.com. The library’s online checkbook includes more than 2,500 individual transactions representing roughly $2.3 million of total spending during the past three years.
“I believe the people of Lake 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,” Mandel said in a news release. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
In 2015, Mandel sent a letter to more than 18,000 local government and school officials throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $564 billion in spending during the past eight years, including more than 153 million transactions. As of Jan. 31, there have been more than 700,000 searches on the site.
In April, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group released its annual “Following the Money 2015” report, awarding Ohio the No. 1 government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in a row.
The Treasurer’s Office partners with OpenGov, a Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide the site.
“Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov. “We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s Office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state.”