The Ohio Checkbook
The Ohio Checkbook serves as the singular and most trusted resource for Ohioans to obtain local and state financial information. In November 2019, the Ohio Checkbook became a collective result of Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Treasure Robert Sprague unveiling a joint initiative aimed at enhancing government transparency by providing Ohioans real-time financial and transactional data.
The Ohio Checkbook is the result of this effort bringing together features from two first-of-their-kind – the Ohiocheckbook.com and Ohio’s Interactive Budget. Upon its launch in 2014, OhioCheckbook.com set a new national standard for transparency in government and was recognized three times by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group as being ranked number one in transparency for providing online access to government spending data. In six years, more than 1,150 local government entities around Ohio partnered with the Treasurer’s office to make financial data available through the website.
Ohio’s Interactive Budget was launched in 2016, by the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM), as a first of its kind comprehensive open checkbook that enabled users to see not only how state money is spent, but also how revenue is generated and allocated via the state budget. The Ohio Interactive Budget site was an extension of the state accounting system that provided the public access to the financial and transactional data maintained in the state’s accounting system.
Each site’s functionality and purpose has been preserved in the new Ohio Checkbook site, which merged the cutting-edge features of OhioCheckbook.com and Ohio’s Interactive Budget, placing them under one roof.
Please visit https://OhioCheckbook.gov/Villages/Village-of-Lockland to obtain Lockland’s financial information.
If you have questions about Checkbook.Ohio.Gov, please email Questions@ohiocheckbook.gov .
Natural Gas Aggregation Program
Constellation Newenergy is the provider of natural gas in our aggregation program. You may use this information to access details of the program and enroll or opt out of the offer.
On November 4, 2008, Village of Lockland residents voted to approve an opt-out natural gas aggregation program for eligible Village residents and small businesses. After adopting a Plan of Operation and Governance for the program, the Village entered into an agreement with Energy Alliances, Inc. to provide consulting services for obtaining the natural gas supply for this program. Specific information for this program follows:
• Supplier: Constellation NewEnergy – Gas Division, LLC
• Rate: $0.396 per ccf
• Term: October 2020 through the May 2022 Meter Read
• Your local utility, Duke Energy – Ohio, will continue to deliver your natural gas and maintain the gas lines and respond to emergencies.
• You can enroll in the program at any time by calling the Toll Free Number below!
• You can cancel your participation in the program at any time without incurring a cancellation fee!
To enroll in the program or to cancel your participation in the program, please call the program supplier, Constellation NewEnergy – Gas Division, LLC at 877-885-4344.
For answers to questions not found here, you can call Energy Alliances, Inc. at 513-794-5555 or visit their website at: https://energyalliances.com/village-of-lockland.
Electric Aggregation Program
• Supplier: Constellation NewEnergy
• Rate: $0.04829 per kWh
• Term: August 2020-August 2021
In November 2009, Village of Lockland voters authorized the creation of an electric aggregation program. Lockland officials have selected Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. (“Constellation”) as the preferred supplier for the upcoming program term. The new program term offers a fixed rate of $0.04829 per kWh starting with your meter read in August 2020, subject to enrollment by the Utility, and shall remain in effect through your August 2021 meter read.
There is no cost to enroll. Enrollment is automatic for those who are eligible, but participation is voluntary. You may opt-out of this program without penalty at any time for any reason by providing notice to Constellation (see instructions below). If you choose to opt-out, you will be served by the standard service offer of Duke (the “Utility”) or until you choose an alternative supplier of electric service. If you switch back to the Utility, you may not be served under the same rates, terms, and conditions that apply to other customers served by the Utility.
For additional information please call Constellation at 1-877-885-4344 or visit www.constellation.com/oh-Lockland
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is aggregation?
A: Under governmental aggregation, local officials bring the community together for group purchasing power. The community
benefits by receiving competitively-priced natural gas from a retail natural gas supplier.
Q: How is my community able to choose a certified natural gas supplier on my behalf?
A: Residents voted to allow the community to negotiate a contract with a natural gas supplier on their behalf.
• A customer that is not located within community boundaries.
• Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP) customers.
• A customer who is under contract with another natural gas provider.
• A customer who has a special contract with the natural gas utility company.
• Customers who are behind on their payments to the utility.
• A mercantile customer that has not provided consent to join the program. “Mercantile customer” means a commercial or industrial customer if the natural gas consumed is for non-residential use and the customer consumes more than 500 Mcf per year or is part of a national account involving multiple facilities in one or more states.
You do not have to buy Constellation natural gas or any other products to receive the same quality regulated service from your local utility. Brand names and product names are trademarks or service marks of their respective holders. All rights reserved. Errors and omissions excepted.
Q: What if I have already selected another supplier?
A: Based on the records provided by the utility, we assumed you are not with another supplier. However, if you recently signed up
with a new supplier, carefully review the terms and conditions of that agreement before proceeding as your ability to terminate
early with that supplier may be restricted.
Q: Is there an early termination fee for leaving the program outside of the 21 day opt-out period?
A: No, there is no early termination fee.
Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions about this offer?
A: If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Constellation.
Q: Who do I call if I have a problem with my natural gas service?
A: To report service problems, a gas leak and for billing questions, contact your local utility company.
Q: How do I enroll?
A: Enrollment is free and eligible residential and small business customers will be automatically enrolled.
Q: Who is eligible for the aggregation program?
A: Most residential and small business customers residing within the community receiving natural gas from the local utility are
Q: Who is not eligible?
A: Residential and business customers who are not eligible for automatic enrollment in the program include:
Q: Can I still have my payment automatically deducted from my checking account as I do now?
A: Yes, how you pay your natural gas bill will not change.
Q: Who will bill me for natural gas?
A: You will continue to receive one monthly bill from your local utility.
Q: When will I see my new rate?
A: You can expect to see the new rate one to two billing cycles following your enrollment in the program. Please note:
supply rates do not include taxes, delivery service charges or other utility fees.
Q: What if my business qualifies for tax exemption status?
A: Tax exempt customers should send their most recent tax exempt certificate to Constellation
The Better Business Bureau wants to warn the public about potential scammers going door to door in the area.
The people going door to door are claiming they are from Direct Energy and are trying to get a look at your energy bill to possibly get a better deal. The individuals are either by themselves or in a team of three. It’s been reported a few times that they have claimed they have a warrant to see your electric bill, which is not a thing. The BBB has received over a dozen complaints about the individuals and the tactics they are using.
If you are approached by these individuals, please call the police department at 513-761-1124.
The Village has aggregation programs for both gas and electric supply that all residents are automatically enrolled or chose to opt out , you do not need to show anyone your bill or give any personal information to be enrolled in the Village programs.
Please call Town Hall if you have any questions about these programs 513-761-1124.
To read the full article, please click the link below.
Metropolitan Sewer Distrisct CAP Program
The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) offers a Customer Assistance
Program (CAP) to help low-income senior citizens pay their sewer bills. If you meet the
MSD CAP eligibility requirements, you will receive a 25% discount on your monthly sewer
charges. The estimated annual savings for a MSD senior customer is $120 (or more) per
year. Eligibility is based on age, income, and property ownership.
3 Easy Steps to Apply
1. Complete Application
2. Attach Documents
3. Submit to MSD
If you meet the MSD CAP eligibility requirements, you will receive a 25% discount on your monthly sewer
charges. Following approval, your 25% discount will be applied to the sewer charges beginning on the
next full billing cycle.
To be eligible for the MSD CAP you must:
• Be 65 years of age or older.
• Have an Ohio Adjusted Gross Income (OAGI) of no more than $32,800 for 2019. The income limit
applies to the combined income of you and your spouse.
• Own and live in the residence for which you are paying the MSD sewer bill.
Documentation is required to be submitted with the application.
• Proof of Age
• Proof of Income
MSD will notify you each year when it is time to renew your enrollment in the customer assistance program.
The Village is excited to announce Cristo Homes has purchased lots in the Westview Park Subdivision on Herbert Avenue. Construction of the first model home will begin in November. Examples of the types of homes are on display in the lobby at Town Hall. If interested, please contact Cristo Homes at 513-775-0570 or www.CristoHomes.com.
Hamilton County Battery Disposal Program
Hamilton County is currently running a program to help residents properly dispose of batteries for more information please visit their website.
Lockland Recycled 84 Tons in 2019
Congratulations, Lockland residents! In 2019, we recycled 84.07 tons of metal, glass, plastic, and paper. Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by not sending these items to the landfill.
The recycling efforts in Lockland:
Conserved enough energy to power every home in Lockland for 3 days.
Reduced more air pollution than if every household in Lockland rode their bicycle to work for 2 weeks.
Saved 726 trees from being harvested.
On average, each household in Lockland recycled 104 pounds in 2019. That’s 6.23% of all the waste we generate.
Want to start recycling? Call 946-7766 to request your recycling for more information about drop-offs today. Check out the list below to make sure you recycle the correct items.
We Can Recycle:
Bottles and jugs
Paper (newspaper, cardboard, mail, and paperboard)
Have a question about recycling? Call Hamilton County’s Recycling Hotline at 946-7766 or visit HamiltonCountyRecycles.org. Love all things recycling? Follow Hamilton County Recycles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Because what we do matters.
Want to stat recycling? Curbside recycling is available, please use the red bins provided by Rumpke, larger bins are available upon request. Alternatively, you may bring in recyclables to drop-offs at the Village parking lot on North Cooper Ave.
A Book About Lockand’s History
Lockland Ohio “A Thousand Memories In A Mile” By John Wesley Campbell
Available for Purchase!
The book may be purchased by mail (check or money order) for the grand total of $47.95 per copy (this includes postage) and payment may be sent to:
Overpeck, Ohio 45055-0176
Please be sure to clearly include your complete name and mailing address with your order!
If you prefer to use a credit card or bank account, payment made be made using Paypal.com. When directed to enter the recipients email address please use: LocklandHistory@aol.com followed by the amount ($47.95) and indicate that it is for “Goods or Services, there is no fee for you to use this service.
Hamilton County Head Start Program
Hamilton County Head Start is is now enrolling 3-4 year olds for their preschool program. For additional information please visit http://hcescheadstart.org/
Thru the Valley Project
Residents and businesses interested in staying informed about the possibility of Interstate 75 being widened and access/egress points improved, can now access updates on ODOT’s website.