Don't ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for all elected officials and public employees.
Since uproar over the high salaries reportedly paid by the city of Bell to administrators and council members, State Controller John Chiang announced that all California cities and counties must identify compensation for all elected officials and public employees. The new reporting requirements comes on the heels of allegations that Bell spent $1.6 million annually on the salaries of three top city employees and $100,000 for each part-time City Council member.
City and counties generally are required to provide the information to the controller by mid-October of each year. The controller's website will be updated annually to reflect the most recent data received. Local governments who fail to report in a timely period could face a penalty of up to $5,000.