Want to know how Bay Area public agencies spent $15 billion in your tax dollars last year? Now you can.
Bay Area News Group’s annual public employee salary database is now live, allowing you to see for yourself how much government agencies spent on hundreds of thousands employees during 2010.
And for the first time, you can see a full accounting of that money, including salaries, pensions, insurance costs and deferred compensation.
We also have data available from 2008-2010, each year after the Supreme Court ruled that public employee compensation is public record.
Bay Area News Group sent more than 500 public records requests to government agencies throughout the Bay Area. You can see salary information from the 255 agencies that have responded to those requests here.
For the others, you can now check the status of our request here. If an agency is listed as “pending,” that means it has responded to our request but the data is not available yet (for example, the agency has told us on what date it will send the information or sent it in a format that could not be uploaded to the database).
Salary information from the cities of Lafayette and Orinda, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and the Moraga School District is available. Data from the town of Moraga and the Acalanes and Lafayette school districts are pending.
Then there are those entities that have not responded to our requests or simply won’t provide the data. The Orinda Union School District is one of them. You’ll find a “no reply” status next to them in our database. We’ve sent multiple e-mails asking for salary information, to which we have received no response.
This is your money. You have a right to know how its being spent. So we’re asking for your help. If there is an agency for which you would like to see salary information but has not responded to our public records requests, we’re providing an email address to which you can send your own request asking them to release the data. For the Orinda school district, contact Superintendent Joe Jaconnette.
For more on public salaries and benefits, here’s an article by Thomas Peele, Daniel Willis and John Woolfolk about how many part-time public employees receive full-time health insurance and others are required to take cash payouts even if they decline coverage.
If you have any questions about the project, omissions from the Request Status database, requests for entities you would like us to prioritize and news tips about the contents of the salary database, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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