Thu December 3, 2009
TN Legislators Discuss Traffic Cam Income to Cities
Nashville, TN – Some Tennessee state lawmakers are critical of cities' "red light camera" contracts with outside vendors. They're discussing limiting how funds the cameras generate are used.
Democratic Representative Ben West says a portion of the income could be earmarked for safety programs.
Republican Representative Richard Floyd says the contracts are about "revenue streams," regardless how much talk is about safety. Cities can currently use such money for anything.
Representative Vince Dean, a former mayor, says all revenue his city received went into the general fund. He questions why the state would single out a local program and direct where its revenue went.