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Wayne Township and Manchester join OhioCheckbook.com

From left, Robert Phipps, President of Manchester Village Council, Penny Tolle, Wayne Township Fiscal Officer, Rae Ann Wilson Insko, Manchester Fiscal Officer, Heidi Huron, Manchester Water Clerk, and Dan Risko, representing the office of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.
From left, Robert Phipps, President of Manchester Village Council, Penny Tolle, Wayne Township Fiscal Officer, Rae Ann Wilson Insko, Manchester Fiscal Officer, Heidi Huron, Manchester Water Clerk, and Dan Risko, representing the office of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.


First village and sixth township in Adams County to post their  spending online –

Story and photo by Patricia Beech –

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 by launching their online checkbooks with OhioCheckbook.com.
The website, created by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, has set a new  national standard for government transparency by putting all state and  local spending information on the internet. According to the  Treasurer’s office, the program has earned Ohio the number one  government transparency ranking in the country for the second year in  a row.
“I believe the people of Adams 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. “By posting local government spending online, we are  empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
Dan Risko of the Treasurer’s office met on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with  government officials from Manchester and Wayne Township for a question and  answer session. Wayne Township Fiscal Officer Penny Tolle, Manchester  Water Clerk Hiedi Huron, Manchester Fiscal Officer Rae Ann Wilson-Insko, and  President of Manchester Village Council Michael Phipps were given a demonstration showing how the system works for users.
Manchester’s online checkbook includes over 11,000 individual  transactions representing more than $4.8 million in spending over the  past four years.
“I think this program is going to work well for our  village,” said Huron. “People will be able to get the information they  want without having to go through our offices, it really simplifies  the process.”
Wayne Township’s online checkbook includes over 2,600  individual transactions representing more than $1 million in spending  over the past three years.
“This is a great opportunity for Ohio’s  elected officials to showcase transparency and engage their  constituents,” said Fiscal Officer Tolle. “Wayne Township Trustees are  pleased to partner with Treasurer Mandel and begin posting on  OhioCheckbook.com at no cost to our citizens.”
In April 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, and extending an invitation to partner with his  office at no cost.
Momentum has grown for the statewide government transparency  website. Since its launch in 2014 over 755 local governments and  school districts have opted to use the online program allowing  citizens to see every expenditure in state government.
OhioCheckbook displays more than $529 billion in spending over  eight years, including more than 146 million in transactions. As of  July 29, 2016 there have been more than 578,000 searches on the site  which features cutting-edge features such as Google-style contextual  search allowing visitors to sort by keyword, department, category, or  vendor.
For more information or to view your local government website,  visit the local government option on OhioCheckbook.com or click on:  Manchester.OhioCheckbook.com or WayneTownshipAdams.OhioCheckbook.com.

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