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Ohio Auditor Keith Faber wants to expand the public records mediation program in the state.
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Ohio Auditor Keith Faber is telling local governments to take a close look at their finances and to prepare for things to get worse before they get better.

The official elected as the state’s accountability watchdog is creating a new program to encourage better open records policies among local governments, measuring best practices for following what are known as Sunshine Laws.

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber wants to expand the public records mediation program in the state.
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Many local and state government records must be provided, upon request, to the public. When there is a dispute over whether records are public, involved parties can participate in a mediation program. Now, the State Auditor officeholder wants to expand that program.

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A state audit of a short-lived Columbus charter school finds officials inaccurately reported student attendance and received too much state funding.

Unlike public schools, Ohio’s charter schools have to find places to hold classes.  Typically, that means renting a building rather than buying one.  A review of charter school leasing practices by outgoing auditor Dave Yost, released before he became Attorney General, found some charter schools are entering lease agreements that are costing them over and above what the private market will bear. 

Complicated leases, with little oversight

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, left, speaks alongside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, right, during a news conference to discuss developments into the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.
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The Ohio Auditor’s Office has released an anonymous complaint accusing Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader of taking money seized during drug investigations and using it to fuel a gambling addiction.

The auditor’s office released the complaint Monday at the request of news organizations.

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The Ohio Auditor’s Office says a food vendor’s failure to pay $122,000 in rental fees at the old Franklin County Veterans Memorial went undetected for years.

Lawmakers Reconsider How Ohio Funds Online Charter Schools

Nov 27, 2018
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A legislative committee tasked with figuring out a better way for Ohio to fund online charter schools has started its work and is scheduled to hear more testimony this week.

Auditor Dave Yost (left) discusses the bill alongside Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville), the chair of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid committee.
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A review of the way Ohio’s education department handled a charter school data-scrubbing scandal was unable to determine if there was “malicious” intent involved. But the state auditor does say that the department was poorly run with a lack of control. 


We’ve reached the midterms, and voters in every state in the country will be going to the polls on Tuesday. This election will have far-reaching consequences by determining who controls Congress, state governments, and more.


The Ohio Auditor is considered the state’s top taxpayer watchdog, reviewing the books and doing efficiency audits for thousands of units of state and local government. The office is up for grabs this year, as are all five of the statewide executive offices.

Keith Faber

Questions are swirling in the high stakes race for Ohio auditor about the candidates' handling of their personal tax payments.

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City of Powell

The state auditor finds signs of fiscal stress continue for several cities, including one of the state's wealthiest. The analysis indicates that the affluent suburb of Powell in Delaware County and others could now be on the verge of a fiscal emergency.

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Monday is the deadline for Ohio’s public universities and colleges to report crime statistics. The Clery Act requires them to disclose the info by October 1 of each year. But according to a survey from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, schools reported facing a myriad of problems along the way.

Universities throughout Ohio are reporting crime statistics on their campuses as part of the Clery Act – a law that requires colleges that receive federal funding to make known crime statistics for the past three years. But State Auditor Dave Yost says he thinks the process for doing this needs to be improved.