LOGAN— Citizens of Logan can now view how the city dispenses taxpayer dollars on the Ohio Checkbook website.
Ohio Checkbook allows anyone to view their local government’s spending habits. Cities voluntarily join in an attempt to make these expenditures more transparent.
According to the Ohio Checkbook website, The City of Logan is the first city in Hocking County to join OhioCheckbook.com. The city’s online checkbook features over 5,400 individual transactions that represent more than $14.1 million.
The reports go as early as January 2018, and in Logan for that fiscal year, most of the money went to water treatment as well as the city’s general fund.
The largest single transaction in the city was over $664,000 for a water improvement project in December 2018. The amount was paid to Kokosing Industrial Inc. According to the website, Kokosing is third on the list for highest paid companies in Ohio for the 2019 fiscal year thus far.
Logan City Auditor Chris Robers said after a discussion with an Ohio Treasurer representative, he was eager to add Logan to the growing list of cities on the website to allow the taxpayers to see where their money is going.
“It is important for people to see how much is spent on the police, how much is spent on the fire department and how much is spent on their streets,” Robers said. “Overall, transparency adds a lot of trust, ensuring their money is being well spent.”
Robers works with the website by sending the treasurer a report once every quarter with updated spendings to put on the website’s spreadsheet. He added that as far as he knows, all taxpayer dollars are accounted for on the website and the only information that gets removed are spender names on tax refunds.
The city is new to Ohio Checkbook, which was founded in 2014 by then State Treasurer Josh Mandel. Since its creation, 1,100 local government entities have joined with more than 40 joining since January.
To see more on Logan’s and other Ohio cities’ spending habits, visit the local government tab on OhioCheckbook.com.