4/28/16 – 5:09 A.M.
Last week Findlay City Council was told that the city’s financial software doesn’t lend itself well to uploading information to Ohio’s “open checkbook” website. However, the Courier reports several cities and counties using MUNIS financial software have not had issues in uploading their numbers to OhioCheckbook.com. The City of North Royalton, as well as Mahoning, Clermont, Butler, Fairfield, and Franklin Counties all use MUNIS. Representatives from the city and counties tell the newspaper they’ve had very few problems if any at all.
Chris Berry is the communications director for the State Auditor’s website. He says he is not aware of any governments that use MUNIS having to hire outside help to upload their numbers to the state. Deputy Auditor Ginger Sampson told council members last week that some governments using the same financial software as Findlay had to hire accounting firms to help prepare data to be uploaded to the state site.
The Courier reports neither Auditor Jim Staschiak or Sampson elected to speak to reporter Max Filby for the article that appears in today’s edition of the newspaper.
Sampson told council last week the auditor’s office would be rolling out a local financial transparency tool by mid-summer. She added it would show revenues and expenses. OhioCheckbook.com only shows expenses. Sampson said that the local tool didn’t mean that Findlay wouldn’t eventually upload information to the state site.
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