A proposed California law would raise the income tax to 50 percent for cities that overpay their councilmen. If it passes it will entail penalties for cities designated by the attorney general and require open-session votes on top officials' compensation.
The legislation would require employee compensation to be approved at least seven days after the details were posted online for the public, the Los Angeles Times reports. The goal is to reveal the salaries of town officials at least once a year. Cities would also be prohibited from borrowing money by issuing bonds to spend money for tax-generating redevelopment projects if the California attorney general determined their council members' salaries were too much.
"It's pretty clear in the case of Bell that the City Council put their personal interest ahead of the interests of taxpayers, taking advantage of the ability that they had as a charter city to pay themselves these outrageous $100,000 salaries," bill author Hector De La Torre told the Times.
States relies on tax revenue to fund public programs and services, such as education, police and fire safety.
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