Trustees learn about state checkbook program


CONCORD TWP. — Concord Township Trustees learned more about the state of Ohio’s new “Online Checkbook” part of state treasurer Josh Mandel’s “Transparency Project.”

Lauren Bowen, a representative of the treasurer’s office, answered questions Tuesday about the online program where users can select a state agency and see where funds are being expended throughout the state.

The website, Ohiocheckbook.com, only has a limited number of Miami County agencies on its online checkbook, many of which are not fully uploaded.Bowen said the website is free and the state has extended its program to local governments at no cost.

Bowen said she had spoke with fiscal officer Pat Quillen about the government transparency program. The website went online in December 2014 to track $408 billion worth of state spending since 2007.

“Every state agency was put on the website and every last dime they spent could be accounted for whether it could be a multi-million dollar construction project or $2 for a pack of pencils,” Bowen said.

Bowen answered questions from the trustees and Quillen about the ease of uploading the township’s data and its expense to the township. Bowen said the the files takes five minutes to upload to the state’s checkbook website and could be done monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or just annually if they so chose.

“Now we have the ability to host local government’s local data and expenditures online and so we are just making our rounds across the state to make you aware that it is available to you to use,” Bowen said.

Bowen said it has built a positive connection with local government constituents.

Bowen said she would give the township information about other townships who are participating in the program.

Trustee Don Pence asked why public entities like Huber Heights and Clayton have had reported a high implementation fee and maintenance fee if there was no cost to enroll in the program. Bowen explained some public entities like Huber Heights had purchased the program before the state treasurer’s office had absorbed the costs and began offering it for free.

Pence and Mercer thanked Bowen for her time and for the information about the program.

In other news:

A resident of Spruce Street alerted township officials about cars and motor bikes traveling on her road at high rates of speed. She asked if speed bumps could be installed on her road to slow motorists, which she said she has personally confronted. Township trustees said they would be in contact with the sheriff’s office to increase their awareness of the issue.

Trustee Tom Mercer thanked Lt. Tom Wheeler for attending the meeting. Mercer also said he was in contact with Chief Deputy Dave Duchak who confirmed the office would assist trustees and staff in the notification of township residents if they were not complaint with the township’s ordinances such as health code and property maintenance issues.

For more information, visit www.concord-township.com

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