Mayor Chris Beutler and City Councilman Roy Christensen today announced an initiative to make City payroll information more transparent. Christensen will introduce a resolution at the City Council meeting Monday, February 22 to require the City to make payroll information available to the media every year.
"The people of Lincoln pay our salaries," Christensen said. "They have the right to know who is being paid and how much. This resolution will provide taxpayers transparency for the single largest portion of the City budget - payroll."
The salary information will be available later this year at DataOmaha.com, an Omaha World Herald website. The site already lists more than 50,000 payroll records from 27 public agencies, including Lancaster County, the Lincoln Public Schools and the City of Omaha. The Omaha World Herald had already made a public information request for the data.
"Most of the business of government is public information, but that doesn't mean the information is always easy for residents to find," Mayor Beutler said. "Over the last year, Roy has worked with City staff to find a way to make salary information about City employees easier for taxpayers to access. I want to commend Roy for his focus on greater government transparency. And I want to thank him for his patience as we looked for a cost effective way to present the salary data without disclosing sensitive information."
City employees making above $50,000 will be listed by name at DataOmaha.com. Those under that salary will be listed by position.