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Twinsburg moves to join OhioCheckbook.com

Finance director: Service provides transparency on how tax money is spent

By APRIL HELMS Reporter Published: January 30, 2017 10:46 AM
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TWINSBURG -- Finance Director Karen Howse said the city will join Ohio's online checkbook program, a website that allows people to check how tax money from member agencies and municipalities is spent.

OhioCheckbook.com also includes schools and other government agencies, according to information on the OhioCheckbook.com website.

Howse said the city started looking into the program last year.

"We did have a meeting with a treasurer from Josh Mandel's office," Howse said during Council's Jan. 24 meeting. "We are going to continue to move forward on this. I brought this to you a couple year ago, as I said, I didn't want to be the first, I wanted to see how it progressed, how they were presenting the information because as you know we already do provide a lot transparency with our financial statements on our own website.

"But this would be an additional enhancement. They continue to refine this program, and it would be one additional aspect of transparency."

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Howse said that she was working with the treasurer's office on uploading reports and information.

"We are still progressing," Howse said.

The village of Reminderville is also a member of OhioCheckbook.com.

Meals on Wheels discontinues service

Twinsburg Parks and Recreation Director Derek Schroeder said that Meals on Wheels will stop providing services by the end of the month, but that the city and the agency will work together to continue to provide the service until the city can find another provider.

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"[Mobile Meals] will no longer be operating out of the community center, effective by the end of the month," Schroeder said. "We are working out right now how we can continue that program out internally."

Schroeder said between 15 to 25 people count on meals Monday through Friday. The city will look to other companies who provide meal service for the schools to continue the service.

"We'll be looking at grants and hope to roll something out shortly," Schroeder said.

Mayor Ted Yates said the shutdown was a corporate decision from Meals on Wheels. He and other officials have met with representatives from Meals on Wheels on keeping up the meals in the interim in some capacity.

"We are going to go ahead and continue those meals in the interim so we have the meals that the seniors depend on on a daily basis," Yates said. "We have seniors who will serve as volunteers who will serve them, and we will pay for [the meals] until we sort it out."

Meals on Wheels shut down funding in different areas, "and Twinsburg happened to be one of the areas they have backed out of," Yates said.

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