The Times requested 2009 total taxable income figures from each of the cities in the county after learning Bell city officials, including city manager Robert Rizzo, were taking home huge salaries.
Because each city operates in its own way and offers its own mix of bonuses, perks and allowances to its top administrator, the total taxable income was considered the best way to compare compensation.
It's important to note that these figures may not necessarily be the complete picture. In some cases, the taxable income figure does not capture the pretax dollars that cities direct toward an employee's retirement package or deferred compensation account.
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