Public Scrutiny Focuses On Civic Salaries
August 6, 2010 10:41 a.m.
It should be called the Bell effect - the rush to expose to public scrutiny city employee salaries and benefits. The Los Angeles Times uncovered that the small California city of Bell was paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to city officials, that money came from property taxes from Bell's 40,000 residents, 17 percent of whom live in poverty. Bell has the second highest property tax bill in Los Angeles County.