Ohio CheckBook - Village of Lincoln Heights

The Mayor & Council of the Village of Lincoln Heights is pleased to announce its partnership with the Ohio State Treasurer, Josh Mandel, and his staff in bringing to you access to the Village's financial expenditures. The Village embraces the mission of the Ohio Treasury to protect, manage, and invest state and local money with integrity and high ethical standards. We invite you to review our expenditures and look forward to offering even more aspects of transparency into the governance of our Village!

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Contact: Mandi Merritt                                                                                                          
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July 11, 2017  
Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Village of Lincoln Heights Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 1,130 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com
LINCOLN HEIGHTS– Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced on Monday the launch of the Village Lincoln Heights online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com.  In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, 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.  OhioCheckbook.com 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 the announcement by Lincoln Heights Village Manager Rebecca Hopkins.
Lincoln Heights is the eighth village in Hamilton County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com, and Miami Township is the fifth township in Hamilton County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com.
The following is a breakdown of today’s local government sites:
·         Lincoln Heights’ online checkbook includes over 5,400 individual transactions that represent more than $4.3 million of total spending over the past two years.  
“I believe the people of Hamilton 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,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
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 OhioCheckbook.com 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 OhioCheckbook.com 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
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 newspapers and groups across the state and, as of July 7, 2017 there have been more than 791,000total searches on the site. 
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $598 billion in spending over the past nine years, including more than 164 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 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.
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 OhioCheckbook.com, 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.