SACRAMENTO (AP) — A state survey finds at least 20 city managers in California receive salaries and benefits that total more than $300,000.

The findings put together by a state legislative committee were released on Wednesday. They come in the wake of allegations that public officials in the Los Angeles County city of Bell defrauded taxpayers by inflating their salaries. The city manager there was making nearly $800,000.

Outside of Bell, Riverside tops the survey, paying its city manager $419,000 in total compensation.

The nearly $355,000 San Ramon’s city manager gets paid is number one among cities surveyed in the Bay Area.

Vallejo and Berkeley follow close behind.

The survey also found that some cities—among them Palo Alto and Napa—provide perks such as loans to their city managers.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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