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Public officials' six-figure salaries won't go unnoticed much longer, as California cities and counties will be required this fall to report employees' compensation to the State Controller's Office -- which will post the numbers online.

Amid reports that Bell, Calif., spent $1.6 million annually on salaries for three city employees, and nearly $100,000 for each part-time city councilor, the State Controller's Office recently expanded its local government revenues and expenditures reporting mandate.

While specific details on reporting requirements are still being developed, State Controller's Office Spokesman Jacob Roper said the salaries of all elected officials and employees -- from city managers, county supervisors and police chiefs, to janitors, secretaries and lifeguards -- will fall under this mandate.

"This is a way to give locals a better idea of how their tax dollars are being spent on city and county administration," Roper said, noting that every salary for each employment classification must be reported.

Prior law required governments to provide summary information regarding revenues and expenditures to the controller's office, and payroll was included in the total amount listed for each program category, according to the controller's office. The deadline to provide such information is mid-October.

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Karen Wilkinson  | 

Karen is a former staff writer for Government Technology magazine.