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This local community’s online spending tool targets ‘better decision-making’

The decision to become part of a state program tracking government spending online will pay dividends for Miami Twp., according to the Ohio treasurer’s office.

“This means that people are going to get better decision-making on how their leaders (provide) more efficient government,” treasurer’s office Senior Public Affairs Liaison Lauren Bowen said of trustees’ adoption of the program this week.

“For instance, instead of going to a conference in Hawaii, public employees are going to a conference in Cincinnati,” she said. “Or perhaps, rather than staying in a Ritz-Carlton, they choose the Holiday Inn.”

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Miami Twp. is the sixth such jurisdiction in Montgomery County listed on the Ohio treasurer’s website to be part of OhioCheckbook.com, joining Butler, German, Jackson, Jefferson and Perry townships.

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Cities in the county that are part of the service include Brookville, Centerville, Clayton, Dayton, Huber Heights, Kettering, Miamisburg and West Carrollton, according to the website.

Miami Twp.’s spending can be accessed at https://miamitownshipmontgomery.ohiocheckbook.com.

The use of the program is a key way the community’s nearly 30,000 residents can help assure accountability in local spending, according to Miami Twp. Board of Trustees President John Morris.

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“Transparency in government is the key to building trust with the community,” Morris stated. “Taxpayers should be able to monitor how their dollars are being spent, and OhioCheckbook.com makes it easy for them. I am excited that the citizens of Miami Township will now have access to this tool.”

Miami Twp.’s online checkbook includes more than 8,000 individual transactions that represent more than $31 million of total spending between 2017 and 2018, according to the state.

Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has been the focus of more than 985,000 total searches, according to the state. The website includes the following features:

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•“Google-style” contextual search capabilities, to allow users to sort by keyword, department, category or vendor;

•Fully dynamic interactive charts to drill down on state spending;

•Functionality to compare state spending year-over-year or among agencies; and,

•Capability to share charts or checks with social media networks, and direct contact for agency fiscal offices.

“It’s empowering people – the citizens whose hard-earned money we’re entrusted with – to make the right decision by them,” Bowen said, “and using their tax dollars wisely.”

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