BGSU first public university in Ohio to post checkbook-level expenditures online

Posting in partnership with the Office of the Ohio Treasurer

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey recently announced the launch of BGSU’s online checkbook, making the University the first public university in the state to post its spending on the site.

“I believe the taxpayers of Ohio have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud Bowling Green State University for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” Mandel said.

In December 2014, Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which puts all state spending information on the internet. In addition to city, county and township government, schools, libraries and now BGSU, Central State University and Central Ohio Technical College also post their spending on the site. In May 2016, Miami University, Ohio University and Wright State University also formally agreed to partner with the Treasurer’s office to post their checkbook-level expenditures online.

“BGSU is committed to being a good steward of both taxpayer funds and our students’ tuition and fees,” Mazey said. “We are always looking for meaningful ways to demonstrate that we’re operating efficiently and effectively in supporting our students’ academic success. We appreciate Treasurer Mandel’s goals for transparency and making our financial information more easily accessible. We’re pleased to play a leadership role in this project.”

OhioCheckbook.com was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could see every expenditure in state government. The site displays more than $592 billion in spending over the past nine years, including more than 161 million transactions.