Red light revenue off; layoffs looming, mayor says

Uh oh.....

TOLEDO (WTOL) - Toledo City council just learned about another hit to the budget. Revenue from red light cameras is falling well short of original projections for the year, and that's pushing the city's operating budget further into the red.

Photo enforcement revenue was set at around $2.5 million for the 2008 general fund budget, but that projection has been revised to around $1.8 million. One reason given is that there has been a 5 percent decrease in traffic around the city.

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members of the community recognizing the dangers of running red lights.

to those that thought this would make a great revenue maker...ha ha hope the money you spent was worth the extra policeman.

Of budget problems and potential layoffs, the Mayor wants to bring on another mouth piece on 22.

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But, but, but, I thought it was about safety, not making money?

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Stupid citizens.....driving safe and all.......don't you know that your only function in life is to supply a steady stream of revenue to the government?

Red lights to help the city out. There are more bills at the Erie Street Market that need paid, so the next time you see the bright flash in your mirror, you can feel good about yourself helping put on concerts at the Erie Street Market, and remember it is not about money, it is about safety.

red lights. As a matter of fact I see them running more red lights. The problem is that there are less cars on the road. Has anyone else noticed that?

How long do you think it will take for them to increase the fines again?

Regardless, I'll continue to avoid the intersections with such cameras. Screw them and their revenue stream.

shocking . It's like tobacco money for schools. We need more smokers, and more red light runners and speeders

I remember when high ranking members of this administration told us that the red light cameras were about safety and had nothing to do with revenue. They actually kept a straight face while relating this to us.

and call it the red light district and tax the working girls of Toledo.

bill

Traffic levels seem to be lower, still the lights are being run.

Central and Cherry, two to three cars at time, go through the red lights, is pretty common.

Monroe and Secor is a guessing game from what direction the red light runners will come at you from.

Same at streets with stop signs, drive right on through.

...hire more police, and give them the sole duty of monitoring intersections. Pay them a percentage from the sale of each car confiscated for running red lights, or speeding. This would make the anti-red light camera people happy, and more amenable to the enforcement of traffic laws. It might also help to boost the sale of new vehicles locally.

Old South End Broadway

traffic signals to indicate to the waiting officers when the color indicator they can't readily see indicates it's change to red, they can then pursuit and detain violators safely and efficiently.

Who exactly signed this red-light camera contract again?

http://beartraps.com/RLCameras/Florida/Cities/VeroBeach.asp

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
Bukowski

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

...if cops were at major (or even minor) intersections armed with automatic weapons those criminals who tend to run from police (such as a bank robber) could be gunned down instead of the police engaging in high-speed pursuits. Instead of fines the city government should just confiscate the vehicles of those who violate traffic laws, and sale the vehicles to finance the law-enforcement efforts. We could easily pay for hundreds of additional police this way.

Old South End Broadway

Yes, but in the process, there would be claims of loss of liberty and claims of loss of personal freedom.

Following traffic laws is more passe and an infringement on a persons rights.

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