9/30/15 – 4:57 A.M.
The state auditor’s “Ohio Open Checkbook” website launched last week, and Findlay is noticeably absent. The Courier reports more than 100 cities and school districts are taking part in the plan, and Findlay had been expected to as well.
Mayor Lydia Mihalik has been a supporter of the idea. Mihalik told the newspaper, “The checkbook is an opportunity for individuals who are interested in where their tax dollars are being spent to view it in an online format that’s easy to digest.”
However, Auditor Jim Staschiak says to keep the website updated his office would have to alter its work process. While Staschiak contends there are technical, administrative, and legislative issues; Miahlik says all that needs to be done is to download the information into an Excel file and send it to the state.
State Auditor Josh Mandel’s office tell the newspaper all cities have to do is send their accounting information and they’ll build the site. City officials have to sign off before their information is published.
At least three other governments listed on the site use the same accounting software as Findlay.
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