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OhioCheckbook.com is a first-of-its-kind government transparency website that shows taxpayers exactly how their tax money is being spent. This initiative sets a new national standard for transparency in state and local government.
In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Josh 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 because of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.
In April 2016, U.S. PIRG released their “Following the Money 2016” report and Treasurer Mandel once again earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year.
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Call the Miami Township Finance Department at (937) 433-9969 or the Ohio Treasurer's office at 1-800-228-1102.
Treasurer Mandel believes that Ohioans have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. He’s spearheading this effort to empower citizens to hold politicians and bureaucrats accountable for government spending. By shining sunlight on state spending and decisions made deep in the bureaucracy, the online checkbook enables taxpayers to help root out waste, fraud and abuse.
If you find something interesting that you want to share or inquire more about, you can click the "Share" button while viewing any table or graph to share on your Facebook or Twitter accounts or to send an email. Each transaction also has contact information for the corresponding agency that made the expenditure should you want to request additional information directly from that agency.
State spending data comes from the Ohio Administrative Knowledge System (OAKS), which is the state’s accounting system. Local government and school data is provided by participating local governments and schools.
State spending posted on OhioCheckbook.com is current through December 31 of Fiscal Year 2018 (December 31, 2017). State spending is updated monthly.
There are more than 6 billion records and 173 million transactions totaling $644 billion of state spending in the online checkbook.
In Fiscal Year 2015, State Accounting reorganized expense codes and their descriptions for state spending by eliminating and consolidating hundreds of expense codes ("Expense Codes" are the most detailed spending descriptions on OhioCheckbook.com, "Expense Categories" and "Expenses Types" remain unchanged). As a result, the 888 “Expense Codes” displayed on OhioCheckbook.com for FY2014 data have been reduced to 433 “Expense Codes” for FY2015 data.
Some expense codes remained unchanged (for example the expense code for “Fuel”). Some expense codes were lumped together to create a new expense code (for example FY2014 expense codes for “Motor Vehicle & Other Insurance”, “Aircraft Insurance”, and “Watercraft Insurance” are now all classified as simply “Vehicle Insurance” in FY2015.)
Yes. Several agencies utilize state credit cards for some purchases and those purchases are included in the online checkbook.
Some expenditure data may be considered private, confidential, or protected under state or federal law. Information appearing to be private, confidential, or protected by law may not be displayed. For such expenditures, you may contact the agency for more information, but please be advised that the Agency may be prohibited from releasing additional information.
Expense Types that may not include vendor name include Patient Compensation - PPS, Counseling & Day Report Services - PPS, Habilitation Services - PPS, Witness Fees - PPS, Major Prize Payments up to $5,000, Major Prize Payments in Lump Sum, Major Prize Installments by Lottery Commission, Drugs, Sexual Assault Kits - Hospitals, Income Tax Refund - Interest, State Assistance Subsidy, Volunteer Firefighters Dependents, Volunteer Firefighters Disabled, Rendered Judgments & Settlements, Compensatory Damages, Negotiated Grievance Settlement, Indemnification Payments, Medical Reparations, Reparations (Non-Reportable), Reparations for Services, Attorney Fees Awarded, Accrued Interest on Judgments, Liability Payments & Settlements, Tax Refunds, Refunds other than Tax.
An "Agency Journal" is either the sum of all payroll expenses for a pay period or an Agency correcting accounting chart fields that do not affect a particular vendor.
You can narrow your spending search by selecting the type of expense being made. Select from the Expense Category (the broadest spending description), followed by Expense Type, and then Expense Code (the most specific spending description). For example, Category: Equipment >> Type: Construction Equipment >> Code: Bulldozers.
The Compare tool allows you to compare spending of other agencies, other expense categories or certain expenses over a period of time. Be sure to click on the "Year-to-Year" button on any graph to see historical spending dating back to FY2008.
When viewing Compare results, the "$" button displays expenditure data in dollars spent. For example, the Department of Transportation spent approximately $37 million on motor vehicles in FY2014.
The "%" button displays the selected expenditures as a percentage of total expenditures made for an entire fiscal year. For example, the Department of Transportation spent approximately 1.19% of all its FY2014 expenditures on motor vehicles.
The "Vs. Average" button is the average state expenditures of the selected Compare items for an entire fiscal year. For example, in FY2014 the average state agency spent $399,189 or 0.093% of its total spending on motor vehicles.
A Voucher ID number is an agency-specific eight-digit number that records an authorized transaction with a vendor. There may be multiple transactions (vouchers) grouped into a single vendor payment (check). In these instances, such information is provided to you when you are looking at the check image of a single transaction on the online checkbook.
For some searches, the number of results may be too large to display in full. In those instances, the online checkbook will display a random sample of 1,000 expenditures for viewing. At any point, you can click on the "Export" button to download the full list of expenditures.
A negative value would reflect a revenue source to the selected agency, most likely a returned payment or accounting correction.
Yes. All data contained in the online checkbook may be exported in a .csv file by clicking the "Export" button found above all data tables.
The size of the file and your internet connection will determine the speed your file downloads.
Yes. Depending on the version of the software, however, some rows of information may not appear. For example, Excel 2010 will display no more than 1,048,576 rows of information.
If the file is opened in Excel, the "Transaction Date" rows may not appear to be populated. Simply highlight the column, click on "Format Cells" and select a date format. This will allow you to view all transaction dates.
Yes. You can download an entire year's worth of expenditure data by clicking on the "View By" button below the pie chart on the main page and then "View Transactions" and "Export Transactions."
OhioCheckbook.com is most compatible with Internet Explorer (version 9 or higher), Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.