Ashland Times Gazette: Ashland County entities join Ohio Checkbook
Ashland Times Gazette
By Kristi Schweitzer
November 14, 2017
Many taxpayers in Ashland County now have easier access to public finance records online through Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com.
Five local entities joined the Ohio Checkbook website Monday — the Village of Hayesville, Village of Mifflin, Village of Perrysville, Vermillion Township and Mapleton Local School District. This makes a total of eight entities in Ashland County that are signed up, the others being the city of Ashland, Village of Loudonville and Sullivan Township.
Presenting the online website during Hayesville’s council meeting Monday night, Andrew Couttes of the Ohio Checkbook program showed how anyone can access the pages to view thousands of financial transactions. An interactive website, data can be shown in visual friendly pie charts and graphs, allowing viewers to shift through capital and general dollars as well as different categories of spending.
All council members were in attendance, along with fiscal officer Amy Pickering, mayor Bob Vinsack and Mifflin mayor Vickie Shultz.
Since its launch two years ago, the website now holds information across the state that can empower local taxpayers and government officials to compare and contrast information.
″(We have) 841 live sites across the state,” Couttes said. “We believe that’s about 25 percent of all local governments who are online right now.”
According to a news release, the breakdown of the five added government sites are as follows:
Hayesville’s online checkbook includes over 5,000 individual transactions that represent more than $1 million of total spending over the past four years;
Mifflin’s online checkbook includes over 1,500 transactions, representing more than $699,000 of total spending over four years;
Perrysville’s online checkbook includes over 1,200 transactions that represent more than $498,000 of total spending over the past two years;
Vermillion Township’s online checkbook includes over 4,000 transactions, representing over $1.7 million of total spending over the past four years; and
Mapleton’s online checkbook includes over 26,000 transactions that represent over $28.4 million of total spending over the past three fiscal years.