At their meeting on November 16th, the recently elected Mayor and Council from the 3rd grade class at South Lebanon Elementary joined the Village Council for a fun and educational experience for the students. The kids participated in the meeting with the help of Council members and even enacted their own legislation: “Declaring December 2nd “Jersey Day” at SLE. Many thanks to the students, parents, teachers and school administration for participating in the meeting.
Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces Launch of the Village of South Lebanon Checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com
Momentum Grows for Statewide Government Transparency with Over 775 Local Government and School Districts Partnering with OhioCheckbook.com
Press Release – Ohio Treasurer’s Office
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today the launch of the Village of South Lebanon’s online checkbook on OhioCheckbook.com. In December 2014, Treasurer Mandel launched OhioCheckbook.com, which sets a new national standard for government transparency and for the first time in Ohio history puts all state spending information on the internet. OhioCheckbook.com recently earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for a second year in a row.
South Lebanon is the second village in Warren County to post their spending on OhioCheckbook.com. South Lebanon’s online checkbook includes over 16,000 individual transactions that represent more than $12.6 million of total spending over the past three years.
“I believe the people of Warren County have a right to know how their tax money is being spent, and I applaud local leaders here for partnering with my office to post the finances on OhioCheckbook.com,” said Treasurer Mandel. “By posting local government spending online, we are empowering taxpayers across Ohio to hold public officials accountable.”
“The level of transparency offered through OhioCheckbook.com is a tremendous asset to local governments to ensure trust and accountability of public funds to their residents,” said South Lebanon Mayor James D. Smith. “The Village of South Lebanon values this partnership with the Ohio Treasurer’s Office to provide this important service to our residents.”
On April 7, 2015 Treasurer Mandel sent a letter to 18,062 local government and school officials representing 3,962 local governments throughout the state calling on them to place their checkbook level data on OhioCheckbook.com and extending an invitation to partner with his office at no cost to local governments. These local governments include cities, counties, townships, schools, library districts and other special districts.
A large coalition of statewide and local government organizations have expressed support for OhioCheckbook.com and local government transparency, including:
- Ohio Municipal League
- Ohio Township Association
- Ohio Association of School Business Officials
- Buckeye Association of School Administrators
- County Commissioner Association of Ohio
- County Auditor Association of Ohio
- Ohio Newspaper Association
- Ohio Society of CPAs
- Buckeye Institute
- Common Cause Ohio
OhioCheckbook.com was launched on December 2, 2014, marking the first time in Ohio history when citizens could actually see every expenditure in state government. Since its launch, OhioCheckbook.com has received overwhelming support from newspapers and groups across the state and, as of August 23, 2016 there have been more than 606,000 total searches on the site.
OhioCheckbook.com displays more than $534 billion in spending over the past eight years, including more than 147 million transactions. The website includes cutting-edge features such as:
- “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.
In March 2015, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) released their annual “Following the Money 2015” report and Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one transparency ranking in the country for providing online access to government spending data. Ohio was prominently featured in the report after climbing from 46th to 1st in spending transparency as a result of Treasurer Mandel’s release of OhioCheckbook.com. Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio received a perfect score of 100 points this year – the highest score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.
In April 2016, U.S. PIRG announced that Treasurer Mandel earned Ohio the number one government transparency ranking in the country for the second consecutive year in a row. Due to the launch of OhioCheckbook.com, Ohio again received the highest perfect score of 100 points this year – marking the second time in two years Ohio received the highest possible score in the history of the U.S. PIRG transparency rankings.
The Treasurer’s office is partnering with OpenGov, a leading Silicon Valley government technology company, to provide residents of Ohio the ability to view and search local government expenditures in a user-friendly, digital format. “Ohio is setting the standard for financial transparency on an unprecedented scale. We are excited to partner with the Treasurer’s office to bring world-class technology to communities large and small across the state,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO of OpenGov.
On August 16, 2016, the Village of South Lebanon, Fischer Homes (developer) and Siteworx (contractor) broke ground on the next phase of the Wynstead Subdivision. This road is very important because it will provide current and future residents in the Wynstead Subdivision access to, not only Cochran Road, but Zoar Road as well. The road connection is scheduled to be open by November.
Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State recently released the Village of South Lebanon Financial Audit for Calendar Years 2014 and 2015. To view the Audit documents, click the links below.
|Date:||August 5, 2016|
Within the Village of South Lebanon, the keeping of livestock and poultry is only permitted under the following conditions:
- The property must be within the Agricultural or R-1 Single Family Residential District;
- The lot must be at least three (3) acres; and
- The building said animals must be a minimum of 100 feet from any property line.
Except as listed above, no other keeping of livestock/poultry is permitted within the Village.
If you have any questions, please contact the Village at (513) 494-2296.
The Village of South Lebanon Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report(CCR)) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act is now available. Click here to view the CCR report.
At their meeting on February 18, 2016, the Village Council updated the Village’s Water Shut Off Policy from 2013. Please note the “turn-on” fee is $50. Below is a link to the ordinance with the shut off policy attached:
The Village of South Lebanon, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), and the Warren County Transportation Improvement District (WCTID), is in the process of making improvements to the intersection at State Route 48 and Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road. Below is an illustration of the improvements that are planned. Currently, we are in the process of acquiring necessary right-of-way and easements from the area property owners. This phase is scheduled to be complete by late Summer and construction to start in late 2016 or early 2017. We will post any future updates and/or project status on our website.
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Heroin Trafficking Tip Line
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Warren County Drug Task Force announce cash rewards for tips leading the arrest of heroin traffickers. Warren County residents are encouraged to call or text message tips to 513-427-CALL (2255) to report those who are trafficking in heroin and other drugs of abuse.
Deaths from unintentional drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio, exceeding the number of motor vehicle crash-related fatalities. Warren County experienced a 42% increase in heroin related overdose deaths from 2014-2015.
All tips will be investigated and rewards will be distributed accordingly.
Tipsters can also email: email@example.com
Increases to the Village’s water & sewer rates will take effect January 1, 2016. Click below to view the changes:
Ordinance 2012-14 Water Usage.PDF
|Date:||December 8, 2015|