YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown City Schools is now putting its finances online for the public’s review, according to State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who was in the Valley on Wednesday to talk about his online checkbook initiative.
The initiative began in December 2014 in an effort to increase transparency of the state’s spending. A number of public organizations — such as Boardman Park and Austintown and Howland townships — have joined the online checkbook and now list their spending on the website.
Mandel made the announcement that the school district is now online on Wednesday at City Machine Technologies.
“It’s all about power to the people. It’s about empowering every day citizens to follow the money and hold the politicians accountable,” he said.
Every transaction that Youngstown City Schools makes will now be able to be tracked online.
“I think it shows we have nothing to hide. It’s all public record. It’s out there, so why not make it easier to find,” said James Reinhard, assistant treasurer of the Youngstown City School district.
Mandel said he plans to continue meeting with other Ohio school districts to get their records put online.