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Treasurer Josh Mandel announces launch of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission checkbook on

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced recently the launch of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s online checkbook 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 Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) is the largest special district in the state to post their spending on The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission’s online checkbook includes over 21,000 individual transactions that represent more than $667 million of total spending over Fiscal Year 2016.

“I believe the people of Ohio 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.”

“The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is pleased to partner with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in posting our expenditures on,” said OTIC Executive Director Randy Cole. “ is a great resource to demonstrate how the Commission manages its budget and provides citizens with an easy way to search OTIC’s expenses.”

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 25, 2017 there have been more than 914,000 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

About the Ohio State Treasurer

Established in 1851, the state treasurer is responsible for collecting and safeguarding most of Ohio's taxes and fees and managing state investments. As of Fiscal Year 2017, the office managed more than $224 billion in financial assets, including an investment portfolio that exceeds $21.5 billion.

Date Published: March 26, 2018


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