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Curious about how much your local government officials and employees are being paid?

In the wake of the City of Bell scandal, state Controller John Chiang, whose office monitors local government finances, ordered cities and counties to submit detailed data on how much they're paying their employees, including elected officials.

Chiang now has posted preliminary results on a website along with lists of local governments that either didn't respond or didn't provide all the information demanded.

"The absence of transparency and accountability invites corruption, self-dealing, and the abuse of public funds," said Chiang. "This website will help taxpayers scrutinize local government compensation and force public officials to account for how they spend public resources."



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