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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Salary Secrets: Public Workers' Wages made Public

If you've ever wondered how much city and county employees make, here's your chance to find out. The state controller has unveiled a new website that lists the salary, pension benefits and other compensation for more than 594,000 workers throughout California.

Bell's City Manager Robert Rizzo was making over $787,000 a year. The outrage prompted a new website by the state controller. It lists the salary of every single public employee.

"While what happened in Bell was a horrible situation of abuse of power, the good part is we'll see increased transparency throughout the state of California," Lani Lutar of the San Diego Coutny Taxpayers Association said.

City manager salaries range from $184,000 in Imperial Beach to $285,000 in San Marcos. A meter reader supervisor for the water department in Escondido makes $80,826.

Some city employees aren't too pleased with the website, saying they weren't elected and are just low-level employees who deserve privacy. But to that critics say, remember, we, the taxpayers, pay your salary.

"Anybody that goes into the public sector should assume that there is a certain level of information that'll be made public, including their compensation levels, and there shouldn't be anything to hide," Lutar said.

To find the information for your city just go to the State Controller’s Website at:

Once there, click on the alphabetical letter for your city’s name. It will come up with a complete list of all salaries and benefits.

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