It's not often that municipal employees go out of their way to publicize their salaries. So when Newport Beach City Manager Dave Kiff wrote an open letter Aug. 4 explaining what he and the City Council earn, Daily Pilot editors were happy to publish it.
Curious residents now understood more about their public servants' compensation in the wake of the Bell salary scandal. And as some of those residents surely did, the Pilot also clicked the links in the letter and examined the budgets to confirm the figures.
All the numbers appeared to check out. But one incentive in Kiff's letter didn't have a dollar amount next to it — his home.
In follow-up interviews, Kiff and other city officials provided the details.
Based on the city's agreement with Kiff, Newport Beach paid $471,250 in September 2009 to help Kiff move within the city limits. While experts say it's likely a safe investment — Kiff has to pay the city if he sells the home or if he and the city part ways — the outlay came at a time of tight economic times.