Want to know who some of the better-paid public servants are in the Poconos? Or what your school district superintendent earns? Or how much your township spends on salaries of certain employees?
In an effort to make things more transparent and accessible, we’ve created a searchable database of Pocono public payrolls based on figures compiled in 2011.
These kinds of searchable databases are more and more prevalent not just among newspapers but among other watchdog organizations. One of my favorites is SeeThroughNewYork which is organized by the Empire Center for New York State Policy.
Another favorite of mine is run by the Asbury Park Press, which has been at this for quite some time.
Check out its handiwork at Data Universe.
Our goal here in posting this material is not to feed NNS: Nosey Neighbor Syndrome. Rather, it’s to empower you – the readers and taxpayers – with detailed information.
I’ve written a rather comprehensive FAQ that I recommend you read.
I won’t repeat all of the underlying points of the FAQ here, but the bottom line is I believe this is a public service.
I hope you do too.