The suburban Los Angeles city embroiled in a pay scandal has lowered its property taxes after a state audit showed it overcharged residents to cover pension obligations.
Bell Councilman Luis Artiga says the council unanimously voted on the resolution during a lengthy, heated meeting that lasted into Tuesday morning. He says the city also voted 5-0 to seek a plan with the state to refund overpayments directly to taxpayers.
A state audit last week found the Bell overcharged residents more than $3 million over the last three years to pay for pension obligations.
The finding came after state and local prosecutors launched investigations into high salaries paid to the city's leaders, including nearly $800,000 to Bell's city manager.
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