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SD Mayor Questions Salaries of Two City Employees

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is questioning why the president and finance director of one of the city's two nonprofit redevelopment arms were paid more than their approved salary range.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is questioning why the president and finance director of one of the city's two nonprofit redevelopment arms were paid more than their approved salary range.

Sanders sent a memo to the Southeastern Economic Development Corp. Tuesday asking how the additional pay was approved for the agency's president Carolyn Smith and if she has the power to award herself bonuses.

The agency's federal tax return shows Smith was paid $206,328 in the fiscal year 2005-06. A city official says Smith's approved pay for that year was $158,000.

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Tax filings show the agency's finance director Dante Dayacap made $123,948 in 2005-06. His approved salary range was up to $115,000.

Agency spokesman Alexis Dixon says additional pay for Smith may have been due to overtime, vacation, sick payments or other categories.

Sanders is requesting answers in the next 10 days.