SHOULD KANSAS CITY GIVE RED LIGHT CAMERA REVENUE TO SCHOOLS?!?!
For starters, let's just admit that red light cameras in Kansas City are a fact of life. Like it or not, there are plans underway to expand the red light camera program and even bring speed cams to Kansas City, Missouri.
However . . .
TKC IS ASKING . . . SHOULD WE SUPPORT RECENT MISSOURI LEGISLATION TO TAKE KANSAS CITY RED LIGHT CAMERA REVENUE AND SEND IT TO LOCAL SCHOOLS?!?!
Mixed feelings about this one . . .
Certainly, the schools would just waste it.
But, taking the money out of City Hall coffers would mean that local Council people would lose (some of) their incentive for putting these stoplight taxing machines in place.
So maybe a bit of triangular diplomacy is necessary.
Urging GOP Missouri Reps to support this would basically ruin the fun of Democratic Party dominated Kansas City and their stubborn refusal to think twice about this costly surveillance program.
Remember, in politics pretty much everything comes down to a fight about money.
As we enter budget discussions in KCMO it's important to realize that City Council is removing stoplights in the urban core but then plans to install more red light cameras that mostly catch traffic going east . . . So, maybe attacking the funding source of red light cameras is the only way to "encourage" Mayor and City Council to stop playing financial games with Kansas City's infrastructure and public safety.
- A nice move by a politico we don't like most of the time: Missouri Sen. Will Kraus has introduced a bill that would divert revenue from cameras away from cities to local school districts.
- Senate Bill 108 will send all proceeds of automated traffic enforcement cameras to the local school district where the cameras are located.
“Cities are still adding red light and speed cameras and profiting millions of dollars from these machines. While they say safety is the main concern, studies are mixed on the effectiveness of these devices,” said Sen. Kraus. “This legislation makes sure the cities are really after safety, and not a backdoor revenue increase.”
- The cameras also raised $1.4 million for Kansas City in the first 10 months of 2009. Kraus said his measure will give that money to education.
"This legislation makes sure the cities are really after safety and not a backdoor revenue increase," Sen. Kraus said.