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3/2/2018 - Springfield News Sun: Urbana schools puts finances online as its builds $65M new schools
Urbana City School leaders will put the district’s finances on Ohio’s online checkbook as its new $65 million buildings are getting closer to opening.
2/28/2018 - Bryan Times: Ohio Turnpike joins Ohio Checkbook program
If you’re curious about the Ohio Turnpike’s financial operations and/or its reasoning for making certain decisions, now you can see for yourself.
2/28/2018 - Madison Messenger: Mt. Sterling unveils financial transparency web page
At their Feb. 26 meeting, Mount Sterling village council unveiled the village’s new page.
2/18/2018 - Vinton Courier: Brown Twp. connects with
Residents of Brown Twp. can now view state spending information online through, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced.
2/14/2018 - Urbana Daily Citizen: Graham joins partners
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced the launch of the Graham Local School District’s online checkbook on
2/12/2018 - Geauga Maple Leaf: State Treasurer Announces Launch of County’s Online Checkbook
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Monday announced the launch of Geauga County’s online checkbook on
2/5/2018 - Urbana Daily Citizen: Local villages join ‘Checkbook’
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced the launch of Christiansburg’s and North Lewisburg’s online checkbooks on
2/4/2018 - Morning Journal: Village of Kipton joins
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced the launch of the Village of Kipton’s online checkbook on
2/1/2018 - Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune: Perrysburg Schools now on online checkbook
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced the launch of the Perrysburg School District's online checkbook on
1/28/2018 - Chillicothe Gazette: Union Township joins online checkbook
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced the launch of Union Township’s online checkbook on
1/25/2018 - Lima News: Harrod joins fiscal accountability website
HARROD — The Village of Harrod has joined a bevy of other Allen County municipalities who have submitted their spending information to be seen publicly on the internet at
12/27/2017 - MyTown NEO: Twinsburg Township financial data on
TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP — The township has launched its financial information on the Ohio treasurer’s website.
12/21/2017 - WSYX ABC Columbus: Union County company to make 'groundbreaking' contribution to disabled workers
UCO Industries in Union County is preparing to make what one Ohio official describes as unprecedented contributions to saving accounts for disabled workers.
12/14/2017 - Morrow County Sentinel: Marengo, Fulton join
COLUMBUS — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Village of Marengo and Village of Fulton’s online checkbooks on
12/10/2017 - Defiance Crescent-News: Richland Township on
COLUMBUS — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced the launch of Richland Township’s online checkbook on
12/6/2017 - Northwest Signal: Village of McClure financial information online
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the launch of the Village of McClure’s online checkbook on
12/5/2017 - WHIZ NBC Zanesville: Zanesville City Schools announce involvement in
ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The State Treasurer of Ohio made a stop in Zanesville today to make a major announcement about the fiscal transparency of Zanesville City Schools.
11/21/2017 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Belpre school district joins state online finance program
BELPRE — Belpre City Schools has joined a state initiative to place its financial records online.
11/14/2017 - Ashland Times Gazette: Ashland County entities join Ohio Checkbook
Many taxpayers in Ashland County now have easier access to public finance records online through Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s
11/2/2017 - WTAP NBC Parkersburg: Village of Beverly joins government spending website
BEVERLY, Ohio (WTAP) - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced on Wednesday the launch of the Village of Beverly’s online checkbook on
11/1/2017 - Sandusky Register: Financial transparency arrives in Vermilion
VERMILION — Taxpayers funding Vermilion’s public operations can track exactly how local officials spend their money.
10/26/2017 - Delaware Gazette: Delaware City Schools first local district on OhioCheckBook
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced at the Delaware City Schools board of education meeting Monday night that the district is the first school district in the county to join
10/9/2017 - Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune: Perrysburg latest community to join
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Friday the launch of the city of Perrysburg's online checkbook on
9/26/2017 - Chillicothe Gazette: Southeastern joins
CHILLICOTHE - The Southeastern Local Schools have become the latest local entity to launch an online checkbook through
9/17/2017 - Daily Advocate: Finances for Village of Gettysburg can now be viewed online
GETTYBURG, Ohio — The finances of the Village of Gettysburg, Ohio, will now be available for viewing online.
9/14/2017 - Geauga Maple Leaf: Ohio Families Get STABLE Investments
Jacob Lorenzen is 21 years old, and while he stays busy with sports, camp and painting portraits of his favorite superheroes, his mother worries about his financial future.
9/13/2017 - Athens Messenger: Ohio University launches online 'checkbook’
In an effort to promote financial transparency, Ohio University has officially launched its involvement with and will publish all spending data online for the public to see.
9/8/2017 - Van Wert Times Bulletin: City becomes more transparent with Checkbook website
VAN WERT – The City of Van Wert, Village of Wren and Village of Willshire launched their online checkbooks on Thursday
8/30/2017 - Medina Gazette: Medina joins state's fiscal transparency effort
MEDINA — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel said the biggest benefit to the program is that it “removes any palace intrigue.”
8/29/2017 - Lima News: Delphos schools joins
DELPHOS — Delphos schools has teamed up with the Ohio Treasurer’s financial transparency program.
8/14/2017 - Chagrin Valley Today: Residents can now view Auburn spending through online program
AUBURN — Residents who are curious about their township’s spending can now check the numbers online on their home computers.
8/10/2017 - Findlay Courier: McComb, Rawson, Riverdale Schools join online checkbook
Two Hancock County villages, two townships and one school district have joined the Ohio treasurer’s office online checkbook program.
8/8/2017 - Tribune Chronicle: Online checkbook program expands
Three more government entities have posted their spending on, an online government transparency website launched by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in 2014.
7/31/2017 - East Liverpool Review: Elkrun Township’s online checkbook to launch this week
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Monday the launch of the Village of South Solon and Pleasant Township’s online checkbooks on
7/18/2017 - Bryan Times: Edgerton, St Joseph join in transparency movement
EDGERTON — The Village of Edgerton and St. Joseph Township became the third and fourth entities in the county to join an Ohio’s Treasurer’s Office initiative to increase government transparency
7/9/2017 - Canton Repository: STABLE program helps those with disabilities save money
A year-old state investment program allows people with disabilities to save and invest up to $14,00 a year without losing their federal benefits.
7/8/2017 - Bowling Green Independent Media: Taxpayers can now view City of BG checks online
Taxpayers interested in how much the city of Bowling Green spends on paper, paint and Panera can now get a look at the city’s checkbook.
7/7/2017 - Circleville Herald: Pickaway Co. man benefits from STABLE Account for disabled
CIRCLEVILLE — The Ohio Treasurer’s Office is seeking to reach more individuals with disabilities who might benefit from STABLE Accounts.
7/5/2017 - Morning Journal: Local family taking advantage of state treasurer’s new savings plan
CALCUTTA — At least one Columbiana County resident is taking advantage of a financial opportunity for those with developmental disabilities.
7/3/2017 - Mount Vernon News: Centerburg checkbook now online
CENTERBURG — The Village of Centerburg, along with more than 1,100 local governments and school districts, has joined Ohio’s online financial reporting system
6/9/2017 - Chillicothe Gazette: City, county join online checkbook effort
CHILLICOTHE - Those interested in getting a look inside the checkbooks of the City of Chillicothe and Ross County government can now do so online.
6/2/2017 - Daily Jeffersonian: Jackson Township makes records more 'transparent'
BYESVILLE -- The Jackson Township Board of Trustees has taken a step to make their records as "transparent" as possible to the taxpayers of the township.
5/28/2017 - Cincinnati Enquirer: Sharonville launches Ohio Checkbook
Sharonville has joined a growing number of municipalities that participate in the Ohio Checkbook.
5/25/2017 - Toledo Blade: Editorial: The public’s checkbook
The first two state universities have joined Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s, and Bowling Green is one of them. All other state universities should join this transparency initiative.
5/23/2017 - Ohio Treasurer’s Office Visits Hilliard Heritage Middle School for Financial Literacy Presentation
HILLIARD – The Ohio State University Extension – Franklin County hosted a Real Money. Real World. financial literacy presentation today at Hilliard Heritage Middle School
5/17/2017 - Dayton Daily News: Public view of college spending now available online
Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel on Tuesday announced that CSU and BGSU had published their finances on his website,
5/11/2017 - WFMJ NBC Youngstown: Poland, Canfield, Austintown reveal spending online
Three Valley communities are making their government spending information available online.
5/11/2017 - Ohio Treasurer’s Office Visits Hilliard Memorial Middle School for Financial Literacy Presentation
HILLIARD – The Ohio State University Extension – Franklin County hosted a Real Money. Real World. financial literacy presentation today at Hilliard Memorial Middle School
5/5/2017 - Portsmouth Daily Times: City checkbook now online
The City of Portsmouth is now part of the Treasurer of State’s online checkbook.
5/4/2017 - News Leader: Macedonia joins online checkbook
MACEDONIA -- Residents can now view the city's finances on
5/2/2017 - Defiance Crescent News: Adams, Defiance townships join Ohio Checkbook
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Defiance Township and Adams Township’s online checkbooks on
4/27/2017 - Ohio Treasurer’s Office Visits Knox County Career Center for Financial Literacy Presentation
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Extension – Knox County hosted a Real Money. Real World. financial literacy presentation today in partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s office.
4/21/2017 - Circleville Herald: Williamsport, Muhleberg Township post checkbooks online
WILLIAMSPORT— Residents of Williamsport and Muhlenberg Township can now view their local governments’ interactive checkbooks online.
4/20/2017 - Swanton Enterprise: Swanton now on
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced last Monday the launch of the Village of Swanton online checkbook on has brought new transparency to government
4/19/2017 - Granville Sentinel: New plan lets those with disabilities save
GRANVILLE - For Tanner Krupp, his new state-directed savings account represents independence, responsibility and a chance to perhaps realize his dream of one day owning a green pick-up truck.
4/10/2017 - Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Amanda Township joins Ohio Checkbook
AMANDA TOWNSHIP - Amanda Township joined the Ohio Treasurer’s online checkbook site to show provide another layer of transparency in government spending.
4/3/2017 - Amherst News Times: South Amherst finances go up online
Records showing how more than $486,000 in South Amherst taxpayer money was spent have gone up online as part of a statewide transparency push.
3/21/2017 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Beachwood's finances are now available for viewing on
BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- The city became, on Monday, the sixth in Cuyahoga County to post its finances on the state's website.
3/10/2017 - Ashtabula Star Beacon: Ashtabula's checkbook now online
ASHTABULA — A representative from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's office announced the launch of the city's online checkbook on Friday morning.
3/9/2017 - Troy Daily News: STABLE Accounts breakthrough program in nation
COLUMBUS — Last year, Ohio became the nation’s first state to offer a savings plan — the STABLE Accounts — to individuals with disabilities.
3/3/2017 - Gallipolis Daily Tribune: Ohio and Springfield Townships join Ohio Checkbook
CROWN CITY – Ohio Township and Springfield Townships joined the state Ohio Checkbook initiative Thursday.
3/3/2017 - Findlay Courier: 3 townships, Findlay schools join
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Friday announced that Marion Township, Cass Township and Delaware Township in Hancock County,
2/20/2017 - Times Leader: Mead Township checkbook to be posted online
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced the launch of Mead Township’s online checkbook on
2/15/2017 - Defiance Crescent News: Defiance city financial transactions now online
Defiance has joined a state website promoting government transparency.
2/15/2017 - Perry County Tribune: Thornville and New Straitsville launch OhioCheckbook
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Village of Thornville and Village of New Straitsville’s online checkbooks on
2/11/2017 - Norwalk Reflector: Norwalk opens online checkbook, going back 15
The city of Norwalk and Western Reserve Local Schools have opened their checkbooks online through the state treasurer’s office.
2/7/2017 - Sandusky Register: Erie County opens new chapter in financial transparency
SANDUSKY — The life of Erie County’s finances is now an open checkbook.
2/7/2017 - Willoughby News Herald: Kirtland Public Library joins
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced recently the launch of Kirtland Public Library’s online checkbook on
2/3/2017 - Warren Tribune Chronicle: Warren, Liberty join Ohio spending site
Residents in Warren and Liberty and those who live in the Lordstown School District can view how their tax dollars are being spent because officials have placed their financials on
2/3/2017 - Xenia Gazette: Greeneview schools going online
JAMESTOWN — The Greeneview Local Schools District is now financially transparent.
1/31/2017 - Hamilton Journal News: STABLE Accounts help those with disability keep, spend their own money
Morgan Gattermeyer is thrilled she’s able to begin to save and spend her own money — tax free — thanks to recently enacted federal and state laws to help those who receive Supplemental Security
1/23/2017 - WHIZ: Zanesville and Dresden go transparent
ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The City of Zanesville and Village of Dresden are now transparent
1/18/2017 - News Messenger: Elmore, Oak Harbor join Ohio Checkbook public program
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the launch of the Village of Oak Harbor and the Village of Elmore’s online checkbooks on
1/13/2017 - Register Herald: surpasses 1,000 local government and school partnerships
COLUMBUS — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced earlier this week, over 1,000 local government and schools have partnered with the treasurer’s office to post their checkbook-level spending information
1/12/2017 - Delaware Gazette: Local townships join effort
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Wednesday the launch of the Berlin Township, Berkshire Township, Oxford Township and Concord Township’s online checkbooks on
1/12/2017 - Marion Star: Marion schools, Morral join state transparency effort
The launch of the Marion City Schools and Village of Morral’s online checkbooks on this week means a milestone for the state treasurer’s transparency program.
1/10/2017 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Rocky River governmental agencies post spending online
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - Rocky River is the fifth city in Cuyahoga County to post its spending on
1/4/2017 - Hillsboro Times Gazette: Editorial: Our View: Online checkbook program good for government transparency
The online checkbook program initiated in 2014 by Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel is an excellent example of encouraging local governments to make their finances easily accessible to the public.
12/29/2016 - Marietta Times: a new initiative to show where the money goes
LOWER SALEM- In December 2014, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel launched and for the first time in Ohio history, put state spending information on the Internet.
12/20/2016 - Circleville Herald: Villages join online checkbook
Two more villages in Pickaway County are now live on The Ohio Treasurer’s transparency website,
12/6/2016 - Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Lancaster increases transparency efforts
LANCASTER - Three local government agencies, including the city of Lancaster, joined the Ohio Treasurer's Office Ohio Checkbook website meant to increase transparency in government spending
12/2/2016 - Findlay Courier: City of Findlay joins
The City of Findlay’s “online checkbook” has been delivered as promised, city officials said in a press conference held today with officials from State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office
11/29/2016 - Hamilton Journal-News: Butler County, state spending now on watchdog app
For the first time, the financial books at all levels of government in Ohio are accessible on smart phones.
11/23/2016 - Norwalk Reflector: Monroeville schools join Ohio Checkbook program
MONROEVILLE — Inquiring minds can now visit Monroeville Local Schools on, a website that allows anyone to see what schools and government entities are up to financially.
11/19/2016 - Bryan Times: Stryker, Blakeslee sign on for
The Villages of Stryker and Blakeslee are the first entities in Williams County to post their spending on
11/18/2016 - Defiance Crescent News: Two area entities join
HICKSVILLE — The village of Hicksville and the Ayersville Water and Sewer District have joined the village of Ney as the second and third entities in Defiance County
11/11/2016 - Mount Vernon News: MV schools join online checkbook
MOUNT VERNON — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Thursday proclaimed the Mount Vernon City School District “a leader in transparency.”
11/4/2016 - Martins Ferry Times Leader: Martins Ferry City School District’s finances become transparent
MARTINS FERRY — The finances of the Martins Ferry City School District are now available to the public via an “online checkbook” offered through the state.
11/3/2016 - Findlay Courier: Vanlue joins online checkbook program
VANLUE — Vanlue has become the first village in Hancock County to post its spending on, the Ohio Treasurer’s online checkbook.
11/3/2016 - Lima News: New savings plan outlined at Marimor
LIMA — A new savings plan is giving people with disabilities another option for saving money without the risk of losing their benefits.
11/1/2016 - Ashland Times Gazette: Loudonville enrolls in
LOUDONVILLE -- Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Oct. 21 the launch of the village of Loudonville's online checkbook on
11/1/2016 - Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune: 3 county entities join
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced the launch of Webster Township, Otsego Local Schools and Wood County’s online checkbooks on
10/25/2016 - Treasurer’s Office Designates STAR Ohio Service Providers
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Treasurer’s office announced today the designation of STAR Ohio service providers.
10/19/2016 - Lima News: Allen ESC to post financial information online
LIMA — Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Wednesday at the Allen County Educational Service Center the launch of the Allen County Educational Service Center’s online checkbook on
10/12/2016 - Portsmouth Daily Times: New Boston checkbook online
In the spirit of complete transparency, the Village of New Boston became the first government body to put their checkbook online Wednesday.
10/1/2016 - Logan Daily News: Two townships lead the way in sharing its spending in Hocking County
ROCKBRIDGE — Good Hope Township and Marion Township are the first two entities in Hocking County to launch online checkbooks on
9/28/2016 - Twinsburg Bulletin: Editorial: OUR VIEW: Twinsburg city, township, school district should join
We encourage the city of Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township and the Twinsburg school district to join
9/27/2016 - Warren Tribune Chronicle: Two local governments post spending online
Liberty Local School District and Howland Township went online checkbooks went online Monday through state Treasurer Josh Mandel's Ohio program, according to Mandel's office.
9/22/2016 - Clermont Sun: Williamsburg becomes first district in Clermont County to join OhioCheckbook
Williamsburg Local Schools was recognized on Sept. 15 for being the first school district in Clermont County to join
9/21/2016 - Your News Now: A New Program to Help People with Disabilities in the Future
Ohio is the first state to launch STABLE Accounts, which is a similar to a college savings plan.
9/14/2016 - Circleville Herald: Pickaway finances added to
CIRCLEVILLE — Pickaway County's finances are now live on the Ohio Treasurer's transparency web site,
9/14/2016 - Columbus Messenger: You can now view the city of Groveport’s expenditures online
If you are interested in how the city of Groveport spends its money, that information is now accessible to be viewed online.
9/13/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: All Ohio public pension funds join state online checkbook
Ohio is the first U.S. state to have all its public pension system financial data accessible to the public online.
8/25/2016 - Brown County Press: Fayetteville, Russellville join Ohio Checkbook
Brown County residents can now look over the bills of three more governments in the county.
8/19/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: Path eased for local government to put finances online
A collaboration between Treasurer Josh Mandel and Auditor Dave Yost will make it easier for local governments to become part of the state's online checkbook.
8/19/2016 - East Liverpool Review: East Liverpool, Wellsville launch online checkbooks
WELLSVILLE - Residents of East Liverpool and Wellsville now have an opportunity to see how their money is being spent.
8/18/2016 - Defiance Crescent-News: Ney is first in Defiance County on
ARCHBOLD — Ney has become the first entity in Defiance County to post its spending online at
8/18/2016 - Bryan Times: "It has great potential' Ohio Treasurer's Office demonstrates financial transparency website
Holgate Mayor Wally Snyder admits he was skeptical at first when he was approached about the possibility of his village participating in a new financial transparency website
8/18/2016 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Joining Ohio online 'checkbook' made easier for small governments
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Townships, libraries and other smaller Ohio governments now can make their spending publicly available online with the click of a button.
8/16/2016 - Wheeling Intelligencer: Switzerland of Ohio School District Embracing Online Checkbook
The first entity in Monroe County to make a move to the online program, the Switzerland of Ohio Local Board of Education voiced their support
8/11/2016 - People's Defender: Wayne Township and Manchester join
The village of Manchester and Wayne Township have joined hundreds of Ohio villages, townships and counties in providing its citizens easy access to local government finances
8/9/2016 - Record Courier: Portage joins OhioCheckbook online resource
Portage County has taken an extra step toward greater government transparency, becoming the 20th county in the state to join
8/7/2016 - Youngstown Vindicator: Editorial: Mahoning County payroll is just a mouse click away
It took more than a year to accomplish, but the internet posting of Mahoning County government’s payroll is without a doubt one of the most significant public-policy initiatives in the history
8/4/2016 - Gallipolis Daily Tribune: City, township join financial transparency initiative
GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis and Gallipolis Township joined a state transparency initiative Tuesday called Ohio Checkbook in order to display government financial information to the public.
8/2/2016 - Zanesville Times Recorder: Residents can see how village tax money is spent
ZANESVILLE - The village of South Zanesville will be one of the first municipalities in the county to post its financial records online
7/29/2016 - Ironton Tribune: CG, Elizabeth Township now transparent
COAL GROVE — The village of Coal Grove and Elizabeth Township became the second and third entities in Lawrence County to allow government transparency through
7/28/2016 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio's STABLE program helps people with disabilities save money
CLEVELAND, Ohio – An Ohio program to help people with disabilities save money for their life expenses has already signed up more than 500 people and drawn the attention of other states.
7/14/2016 - Rossford Record Journal: City ledger now displayed on
The City of Rossford became the first area municipality to join the state treasurer's project.
7/8/2016 - Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune: Rossford adopts Ohio Checkbook program
ROSSFORD — Officials from the state treasurer’s office and the city of Rossford gathered at the city offices Thursday afternoon to launch the city’s online checkbook on
6/30/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: Columbus schools’ finances open to all on state website has opened a new window on Columbus City Schools’ finances for just about anybody who wants to peer into the backroom realm of the district’s bookkeepers.
6/28/2016 - Cincinnati Enquirer: Want to see Cincinnati's checkbook? Here's how
The city of Cincinnati has joined a statewide online network that shares information about government spending.
6/22/2016 - Willoughby News Herald: Painesville joins Ohio’s online checkbook
In an effort to increase transparency, Painesville has agreed to share its finances through Ohio’s online checkbook program.
6/21/2016 - Warren Tribune Chronicle: Governments join online spending database
WARREN - The Trumbull County Educational Service Center and Lordstown announced Monday the launch of their online checkbooks on
6/17/2016 - Sandusky Register: Perkins finances check out for online viewing
PERKINS TWP. — Anyone can now track each cent spent to find out where millions of dollars in Perkins Township went.
6/16/2016 - Napoleon Northwest Signal: Local entities join Ohio's Online Checkbook
HOLGATE — Additional financial transparency is the goal of four entities in Henry County who kicked off their Ohio Checkbook websites Wednesday morning.
6/16/2016 - Clermont Sun: Milford, Felicity join
The Ohio Treasurer’s Office announced on June 10 that the city of Milford and the village of Felicity have joined
6/13/2016 - Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincy woman champions savings accounts for people with disabilities
COLUMBUS - Anne Gerhardt had prepared a speech about how having her own savings account would help the 18-year-old woman with Down Syndrome achieve more independence.
6/9/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: Putting away money for disabled gets easier with new state program
Families of the disabled have a new tax-advantaged tool to help them save money for their care without risking eligibility in programs such as Medicaid and Social Security.
6/3/2016 - Daily Jeffersonian: Cumberland joins 'Ohio Checkbook' program
CUMBERLAND -- The village of Cumberland took a major step towards fiscal transparency Thursday.
6/1/2016 - Ohio Public Radio: New Accounts Make Saving Easier For People With Disabilities
Ohio is rolling out a savings account plan for people with disabilities. STABLE accounts allow qualified individuals to save and invest up to $14,000 per year without losing government benefits
5/27/2016 - Findlay Courier: Hancock County, Fostoria join financial website
Hancock County became the third county in northwestern Ohio and the 18th county in the state to join on Thursday.
5/26/2016 - Madison Messenger: Governments put finances online for public to see
Four more political subdivisions in Madison County are posting their expenditures online at, and three others have indicated they will, too.
5/26/2016 - Wilmington News Journal: Marion Township joins online checkbook
BLANCHESTER — Marion Township has joined more than a hundred other local governments in posting its financial data online through, state and local officials announced Wednesday.
5/26/2016 - Xenia Gazette: Xenia checkbook going online
XENIA — City of Xenia finances became a little more transparent Wednesday when officials agreed to place expenditures online.
5/19/2016 - Madison Press: West Jeff puts finances online
West Jefferson opened its books online Wednesday through Ohio Checkbook.
5/13/2016 - Delaware Gazette: 4 more townships sign up for online checkbook
Four Delaware County townships have launched their “online checkbooks” on, according to State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
5/12/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: Gahanna opens up its checkbook online
Gahanna residents curious about their city’s spending habits can now keep tabs on every expenditure at
5/10/2016 - Columbus Dispatch: University expenses will go online in Ohio
The expenses of some state universities in Ohio, from the president's office to the athletics department, will be available soon online at
5/10/2016 - Ironton Tribune: Seeking transparency
PROCTORVILLE — Those seeking transparency and accountability in government now have a new tool at their disposal.
5/5/2016 - Youngstown Vindicator: Youngstown school district joins
The Youngstown City School District is the 73rd Ohio school district to post its finances online.
5/4/2016 - Ashtabula Star Beacon: Trumbull Township joins fiscal transparency initiative
GENEVA — Trumbull Township has joined Andover Village and Hartsgrove Township in making their finances viewable online through the state Treasurer's transparency tool
4/28/2016 - Delphos Herald: Ottoville goes live with financials on web
OTTOVILLE — In Putnam County, it was Ottoville, followed closely by Ottawa that first enrolled in and used the state’s latest transparency effort,
4/28/2016 - Lima News: Five regional government agencies join
SPENCERVILLE — After its launch in 2014, has continued to grow, with over 300 websites now live, including state government agencies, municipalities, townships and school districts.
4/22/2016 - Jackson County Times-Journal: City of Jackson joins
Jackson City Auditor Brett Reed along with his department is excited to announce to the public that the City of Jackson is the second city in Jackson County to post its spending on
4/21/2016 - Sidney Daily News: Website allows transparency
JACKSON CENTER – Local government spending is becoming more transparent thanks to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
4/21/2016 - Fremont News Messenger: Gibsonburg puts financial records online
GIBSONBURG - Village residents can now see how their tax dollars are being spent online, after Gibsonburg announced Thursday that its expenditures will be posted on
4/14/2016 - Columbus Messenger: More transparency in township
Jackson Township residents can now go online to check where their taxpayer dollars are going.
4/13/2016 - Gallipolis Daily Tribune: Two Gallia village budgets go online
RIO GRANDE — Representatives of the Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office visited Rio Grande’s Municipal Building on Wednesday to announce that both Rio Grande and Centerville
4/13/2016 - Dispatch: Ohio again top state for spending transparency
Ohio has repeated as the top state for public spending transparency, according to an annual report today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.
4/10/2016 - Akron Beacon Journal: Two districts join program
Two more local entities have joined Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s campaign to put the government’s checkbooks online.
4/8/2016 - Ohio Treasurer’s Office Announces New Chief of Staff
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Treasurer’s office announced today that Kevin Benacci, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), has been tapped
4/7/2016 - Fulton County Expositor: Swancreek Twp. ‘checkbook’ now online
As of Tuesday, Swancreek Township is among the latest of Ohio’s governmental and educational entities, and the only one in Fulton County, to offer financial transparency online.
4/6/2016 - Medina Gazette: Hinckley, Lafayette townships join
A famous line in the movie “All the President’s Men” is spoken by an informant who says, “Follow the money.”
4/5/2016 - Port Clinton News Herald: Ottawa County shares government spending data online
PORT CLINTON - Citizens curious about how their tax dollars are spent at the county level can now easily view Ottawa County’s entire checkbook online.
4/2/2016 - Chillicothe Gazette: Editorial: Public has right to know how money is spent
Transparency and openness aren't just the buzzwords used by journalists and politicians. They should be the hallmarks for everyone who holds public office.
4/1/2016 - Dayton Daily News: Beavercreek launches online checkbook
BEAVERCREEK — The city of Beavercreek announced today the launch of its online checkbook on
4/1/2016 - Springfield News Sun: Port Authority joins online checkbook program
The West Central Ohio Port Authority is placing its financial records online as part of an ongoing statewide project being organized by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
3/25/2016 - Pike County News Watchman: Village of Beaver launches online checkbook
Officials from the Village of Beaver met with representatives from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's office on Tuesday, March 22, for "a major announcement regarding government transparency."
3/24/2016 - Canton Repository: 'Checkbook' sites show Jackson, Canal Fulton transparency
Expense reports from Jackson Township and the city of Canal Fulton are now part of the online checkbooks on
3/24/2016 - Lisbon Morning Journal: Palestine joins
EAST PALESTINE - On Wednesday the village became the 257th local government in the state to upload its finances to, the government transparency initiative
3/23/2016 - WFMJ: Trumbull County becomes more transparent with finances
On Wednesday, officials from Trumbull County, Howland Local Schools and Weathersfield Township joined the Ohio Treasurer's office in revealing financial information
3/15/2016 - Register Herald: Camden adopts transparency website
CAMDEN — The Village of Camden has become the first government entity in Preble County to adopt the platform.
3/15/2016 - Perry County Tribune: Local villages join Ohio Checkbook website
The State Treasurer’s office has launched a new website that documents and tracks local government spending.
3/10/2016 - Hamilton Journal News: Fairfield Twp., Ross Twp. now posting finances online
BUTLER COUNTY — Fairfield and Ross townships are the latest government entities in Butler County to join the state’s online checkbook, opening their finances for taxpayers to see.
3/1/2016 - Record Herald: Octa’s online checkbook launches
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the launch of the Village of Octa’s online checkbook on
2/18/2016 - Portsmouth Daily Times: SOPA launches online checkbook
Officials with Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Office were in Portsmouth this week to launch the Southern Ohio Port Authority’s (SOPA) online checkbook.
2/11/2016 - Geauga County Maple Leaf: Chardon, Chester Launch New Online Checkbooks
Residents interested in viewing the financial records of the City of Chardon and Chester Township online can now do so anytime.
2/11/2016 - Lorain Morning Journal: Educational Service Center of Lorain County joins
Educational Service Center of Lorain County stepped up as a first ESC in Ohio to embrace financial transparency through
2/10/2016 - Springfield News Sun: 4 Clark County governments join online checkbooks
SPRINGFIELD — Three municipalities became the first in Clark County to join the Ohio Online Checkbook Wednesday, putting all their purchases on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s website
2/3/2016 - Willoughby News Herald: Chardon City, Fairport Schools, Perry Library added to
Interested parties may now view the financial records of Chardon, the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District and the Perry Public Library online anytime.
2/1/2016 - Hamilton Journal News: Butler County to join
Starting today, Butler County residents will be able to view every check written and expense county government has incurred for the past two years.
1/29/2016 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cuyahoga County to post spending on the state's online checkbook
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County on Friday began posting financial transactions on the state's online checkbook.
1/22/2016 - Circleville Herald: New Holland finances now on state website
NEW HOLLAND — The Village of New Holland has posted financial records online thanks to a partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s office.
1/21/2016 - Dayton Daily News: 3 Montgomery County local governments launch online checkbooks
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Wednesday the launch of the city of Brookville, Jackson Twp. and Jefferson Twp. online checkbooks on
1/21/2016 - Fairborn Daily Herald: Beavercreek schools, Spring Valley checkbooks to be available online
BEAVERCREEK — Two taxpayer-funded entities in Greene County have joined the ranks of government checkbooks being made available online.
1/21/2016 - Greenville Daily Advocate: Darke Co. village opens up financial info
NORTH STAR — On Wednesday, the village of North Star became the first municipality in Darke County to post its online financials on
1/21/2016 - Youngstown Vindicator: Boardman Park joins financial disclosure effort
An official of the state treasurer’s office came to Boardman Township Park to announce the township park district’s participation in the program.
1/21/2016 - The Wapakoneta Daily News: City, village put checkbooks online
The City of Wapakoneta and the Village of Waynesfield joined approximately 473 local governments and school districts in participating in the state’s online open checkbook program.
1/16/2016 - Chillicothe Gazette: School, township financial records now live online
CHILLICOTHE - Live in the Huntington school district or Jefferson Township and want to see where every penny of your tax dollars is going?
1/15/2016 - Jackson County Telegram: Jackson City Schools, Oak Hill Village, two townships join
Representatives from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's office were present in Jackson Wednesday morning in order to announce a partnership with the Jackson City School District
12/27/2015 - Record Courier: Soil and Water District joins
The Portage County Soil & Water Conservation District has agreed to put the district's spending online as part of a partnership with the Ohio Treasurer's office.
12/23/2015 - Lima News: Lima schools checkbook now online
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced Tuesday the Lima schools checkbook can now be viewed online at
12/15/2015 - ThisWeekNews: Bexley joins effort to provide transparency
The city of Bexley is now one of five Franklin County municipalities that participate in, a site operated by state of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
12/13/2015 - Youngstown Vindicator: Editorial: State checkbook is a key to government openness
It’s a mantra Ohioans have heard many times, but from our vantage point it never gets old: “I believe taxpayers have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.”
12/9/2015 - Newark Advocate: Pataskala opens checkbook to public
PATASKALA - Residents interested in following the city's spending habits no longer need to make a public records request.
12/8/2015 - Wheeling Intelligencer: Editorial: Make Spending Data Available
Think your electric bill is high? How about $64,338.58 during the past five months? That is how much the Union Local school district has paid American Electric Power to keep the lights on.
12/3/2015 - Warren Tribune Chronicle: Several local governments to share finances online
Howland, Liberty, Bazetta, Austintown and Milton townships and the Mathews and Youngstown school districts are the latest governments in Trumbull and Mahoning counties to partner
11/23/2015 - Canton Repository: More Stark governments join state's open checkbook program
CANTON Starting today, anyone can now read online detailed information on the spending by five Stark County local governments, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel said Monday.
11/9/2015 - Medina Post: Medina schools put financial info on state website
MEDINA – Medina City Schools is the first government agency in the county to go live with placing financial information on, a website run by the state treasurer's office.
11/5/2015 - WNWO Toledo: Toledo praised for spending transparency
TOLEDO - The Glass City is receiving praise for being the largest Ohio city to post their spending repors online for the public to see.
10/19/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Safeguard the checkbook
Ohio’s Online Checkbook initiative, launched a year ago by state Treasurer Josh Mandel, has gained national accolades for increasing government transparency.
10/15/2015 - Troy Daily News: Clopay breaks ground for expansion
TROY — State officials and local dignitaries gathered to break ground at Clopay Building Products on Thursday to celebrate the expansion of the manufacturing facility and addition of 205 new jobs.
10/8/2015 - Sunlight Foundation: Ohio’s online checkbook goes local
In June, we wrote about Ohio’s online checkbook, a tool that gives citizens easy access to information about where their tax dollars are being spent.
10/5/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Pension blazes trail for transparency
The Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund got grief from members two years ago when it asked them to face fiscal reality and accept larger contributions and smaller cost-of-living increases.
10/1/2015 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio police and fire pension fund will add expenditures to online database
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund will put its administrative expenditures on the state's online checkbook, fund officials said Thursday.
9/25/2015 - Bellefontaine Examiner: Local entities among the first on
Bellefontaine, Pleasant Township and Valley Hi are among the first wave of 114 local government and school districts to launch spending sites on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s
9/25/2015 - Ashtabula Star Beacon: Opening the checkbook Village, township among participants in new state transparency tool
Two county municipalities have joined more than 100 local governments across Ohio on, a new state fiscal transparency tool that launched last year by the Ohio Treasurer.
9/24/2015 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: More than 100 local governments added to Ohio expenditure database
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- More than 100 local governments added their expenditures to the state's online checkbook on Thursday.
9/24/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Ohio's online checkbook gains more than 100 additions
More than 100 local governments and school districts have agreed to put all their financial information online for Ohio taxpayers to see.
9/3/2015 - Youngstown Vindicator: More Valley governments looks to put finances online
More local governments in the Mahoning Valley are opting to place their checkbooks online.
9/2/2015 - Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune: Library’s books go public
PERRYSBURG — The finances of the North Baltimore Public Library will be getting a bit more legible.
8/27/2015 - Sandusky Register: Local governments and a school soon to release financial transactions
The city of Sandusky, Sandusky City Schools, the city of Huron and Erie County will soon have there spending and budgets available for review on
8/14/2015 - Willoughby News-Herald: Editorial: Lake County entities lauded for joining checkbook program
The list of Lake County-based local government entities signing up for the Ohio Treasurer’s online, publicly accessible checkbook continues to grow.
8/13/2015 - Salem News: Salem checkbook numbers go live next month
SALEM - City residents wanting a peek at the city's checkbook from their computer, tablet or mobile phone may get the chance to pore over the numbers beginning next month.
8/8/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Cash should foster government transparency
An investment of $2.7 million over the next two years is a sound one to fund Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s “online checkbook” government-transparency initiative.
8/2/2015 - Streetsboro Gateway News: City of Streetsboro to take part in
State Treasurer Josh Mandel journeyed to Streetsboro July 29 to announce the city's participation in ""
7/15/2015 - Cincinnati Business Courier: Cincinnati is opening up its checkbook to the Internet
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Cincinnati city leaders announced a partnership today at City Hall to put the city's spending online at
7/14/2015 - Marion Star: Ridgedale schools welcome spending spotlight
MORRAL – Ridgedale Local Schools is one of only 11 districts statewide that have agreed to submit spending data to the Office of the Ohio Treasurer to participate in
7/11/2015 - The Telegram News: Jackson County first entity in county, southern Ohio to join Government Transparency initiative
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has announced that Jackson County government officials are the first in the county, as well as the southern part of the state, to open their checkbook for public viewing.
7/7/2015 - Wilmington News Journal: County finances to be online
WILMINGTON – Clinton County’s finances will soon be available online.
7/7/2015 - Dayton Daily News: County to put all expenditures online
Montgomery County on Tuesday became the latest and largest area government to commit to putting its expenditures on the internet for the public to nitpick and peruse.
7/3/2015 - Medina Gazette: Brunswick Schools to be first district in county to post checkbook
Brunswick will be the first school district in Medina County to put its checkbook online through state Treasurer Josh Mandel’s
6/19/2015 - Springfield News Sun: Northwestern schools to put checkbook online
Northwestern Local Schools announced a partnership Friday with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, becoming the first Clark County entity to put its checkbook online.
6/17/2015 - Port Clinton News Herald: Ottawa County local governments to show spending online
ELMORE – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel on Wednesday announced partnerships between his office and several local governments and school districts in Ottawa County to show their spending online.
6/16/2015 - Dayton Daily News: Dayton schools join spending watchdog site
Dayton Public Schools has agreed to catalogue all of its spending online via the state treasurer’s Ohio Checkbook program, making DPS one of the first large school districts in Ohio to participate.
6/9/2015 - Canton Repository: Stark County government’s checkbook soon will be open
Stark County government’s checkbook soon will be open. By later this summer, you’ll be able to go online to view a searchable database of the $225 million a year the county spends.
6/2/2015 - Willoughby News-Herald: Mentor becomes first area school district to post finances on Ohio Treasurer's website
Mentor Schools will become the first Northeast Ohio school district to post its finances to the Ohio Treasurer’s online, publicly accessible checkbook.
5/28/2015 - Cincinnati Enquirer: Site will let you track how county spends your $$
Hamilton County taxpayers will soon be able to go online to see what county officials are buying with their money, from office supplies to road repairs.
5/23/2015 - Circleville Herald: Ashville to join financial transparency project
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced the partnership of the Ohio Treasurer’s Office and the Village of Ashville during a Pickaway Progress Partnership (P3) meeting held at Berger Hospital Friday.
5/14/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Editorial: Franklin County to open checkbook
Ohio’s “online checkbook” site, launched 6 months ago by State Treasurer Josh Mandel, already has gotten national notice and recently helped earn Ohio the top state ranking for transparency.
5/12/2015 - Toledo Blade: State treasurer’s website will show district’s spending
Toledo Public Schools’ finances may become more navigable for the public.
5/8/2015 - Delaware Gazette: County joins transparency program
Delaware on Thursday officially became the first central Ohio entity and the third of Ohio’s 88 counties to join a transparency initiative spearheaded by State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
5/4/2015 - Lorain Morning Journal: Lorain County first to join
Lorain County officials are taking the advice of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and putting the county’s checkbook online, falling in line with the state.
4/10/2015 - Ohio Treasurer’s Office Partners with The Ohio State University Extension – Geauga County to Bring Financial Literacy Program to Berkshire Jr/Sr High School
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University Extension – Geauga County facilitated a ‘Real Money. Real World.’ financial literacy presentation on Thursday in partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s office.
3/18/2015 - Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio's online checkbook praised by national consumer advocacy group
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new treasurer's office project that makes state expenditures publicly available online has earned the state high marks for government spending transparency.
3/18/2015 - Columbus Dispatch: Ohio ranked No. 1 in nation for transparency in government spending
After trailing other states, Ohio is now at the top of the list for transparency in government spending.
2/22/2015 - Associated Press: State annual reports back to 1800s go online in collaboration between treasurer, state library
COLUMBUS — Centuries of historical financial records have been put online as the result of a partnership between State Treasurer Josh Mandel and the State Library of Ohio.
1/30/2015 - Morning Journal: Online checkbook ensures transparency
Opening up the state’s checkbook was a bold move by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
We can now scrutinize how state officials are spending our money. Mandel calls it transparency in government.
1/24/2015 - Xenia Gazette: Teacher receives award
XENIA — Donna Shaw insists she is just doing her job. But Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel feels otherwise.
1/15/2015 - 2015 Ag-LINK Program Opens for Ohio Farmers
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today that the application period for the Ohio Treasury’s 2015 Agricultural Linked Deposit Program (Ag-LINK) is now open.
9/4/2014 - Wilmington News Journal: Library puts money in STAR Plus
The Wilmington Public Library is the most recent political subdivision to invest its dollars in the State of Ohio’s STAR Plus program.
8/27/2014 - Chillicothe Gazette: Opening the state checkbook to scrutiny
State Treasurer Josh Mandel thinks you should have that ability and has embarked on a tour of the state to drum up support for legislation that would make it easier to take a look
8/24/2014 - Toledo Blade: More light on spending
An online database that would allow Ohio residents to track state spending with the click of a mouse would be an effective and efficient way to promote government transparency.
8/23/2014 - Troy Daily News: Shedding light on gov’t spending
Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel is on a statewide informal tour to promote State House Bill 175, or Open Ohio, which would put the state checkbook online.
8/10/2014 - Sandusky Register: Editorial: It's your checkbook
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel wants to get the treasurer's house in order, and make the state's check registry accessible to the people who own it: Ohioans.
2/20/2014 - WKBN: Humtown Products adds more 3-D printing
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel toured the company on Thursday, saying he believes manufacturing is the backbone of Ohio’s economy.
2/17/2014 - Toledo Blade: Veterans to get financial skills training at UT
Mr. Mandel’s office kicked off a new program Monday at the University of Toledo that seeks to help veterans build up personal finance skills and equip them to pursue jobs or education.
2/17/2014 - Toledo Blade: Financial literacy critical for Ohio's vets
Today, my office will partner with Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins and the University of Toledo's Military Service Center to present a workshop on smart money choices for veterans.
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