Tax dollars wasted again

June 10, 2013 

If you haven't seen the 2012 government payrolls being added to our website, you're missing out on some interesting, instructive reading.

Many of the people whose names and salaries are listed aren't real thrilled about the information being there. We've been told that just because salaries are public information doesn't mean that we should publish them.

We will continue to publish the salaries not to embarrass anyone, but rather so the taxpayers who pay the bills can see how their money is being spent.

The data can produce "ah ha" moments. For instance, Belleville leaders say they would like to hire more patrolmen. Well, the overtime paid to just two of Belleville's police sergeants in 2012 -- $54,017 combined -- would cover a salary.

Take a look at the salaries database at and follow the money.

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