"TAMPA, Florida - The contract for the largest red light camera program on Florida's Gulf Coast has expired. But the city is still churning out tickets, and some city council members want to know why."
Get up the gumption and kill the entire RLC thing there.
Who knows, maybe Florida will kill off the RLC's for the state as a whole.
I understand there are advocates. That's fine, this is my opinion.
Sounds a little crazy to me.
the city is servicing the cameras and reviewing the photos all within the police department.
It didn't sound like that was happening. In any case, I hope they get rid of them regardless.
As long as money are coming who cares if it's legal or not? Definitely not City Hall. They see no problem here, because it's - yeas, you guess right - for safety and future of kids.
If money are not a factor here, why introducing cameras was about safety, but when some courts ordered RLC program to be shot down all the sudden cities can't afford to lose revenue, as it was meaningful portion of income?
And does include the GOV. stamp of approvel
As a former resident of SouthWest Florida, it's all about the money. Florida doesn't have a State Income tax. During the building boom of the late 90's and early 2000's, local governments hired huge staffs and expanded programs because most of their income comes from property taxes. After the real estate bust in the late 2000's, Florida took a massive hit due to property values dropping and the exemptions in place to protect homeowners during the boom.
Of course, the public employees unions had to try to protect those jobs (yes, the "right to work" State has powerful public unions) and RLC's is an income that won't go away if they have their way. In 2015, Tampa made $680,000.00 and the firm supplying the camera's made $2.3 million. City attorneys are in the process of trying to negotiate a larger piece of the pie on the expired contract.
IMHO.....it's never about safety, it's always about money. Especially when government and unions have their hand out.
bonus for all the retiree's down there
I wish they would just be honest and say it is not about safety it is about money. That would make it a little better, after all who are they fooling, themselves?
Think it will ever work out?
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