Boardman Park begins listing spending online

Boardman Park begins listing spending online

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Those who want to see where tax dollars are being spent by the Boardman Park Board now can do so with few strokes of their keyboards.

Staff with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s office were in the area Wednesday afternoon to announce that the Park was the latest local entity to have its financial statements listed on OhioCheckbook.com.

Mandel says the website sets a new national standard for government transparency, and it is the first time the state of Ohio has listed all state spending information on the Internet.

The website was launched in late 2014, and local agencies began submitting their own financial information last fall. Listed on the website is transactions for each month and where the money was spent.

Park executives said it is important that taxpayers and others in the community have access to those financial records. Boardman Park’s online checkbook includes more than 1,500 individual transactions that represent more than $934,000 of total spending in Fiscal Year 2015.

“When we got the letter from Josh Mandel, I acted on it right away, and obviously, it has taken some time to get all the data to them and for them to put it up on the website, but what’s the old saying? ‘Good things take time,'” said Boardman Park Executive Director Dan Slagle.

The park becomes the ninth agency in Mahoning County to be listed on OhioCheckbook.com, and it’s the first park district in northeast Ohio and the third in the state to do so.

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