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I wanted to note that the traffic fines have already been accounted for in DC's budget. They are part of the city's projected revenue, and were passed at a time when the city was seeking additional sources to balance the budget. I do not know whether the goal was actually revenue or traffic calming, and each person can draw their own conclusion.

As a result, any reductions made this year will have to be made with a trade off. The trade off that is being proposed is that future revenue, which was committed to underfunded programs including heavily to affordable housing, will become a lower priority for receiving funds until after the cost of the speed camera reduction.

It's not a question of if it should be a revenue source, it is a revenue source. So the question now is, what should the District do about the fact that they have an unpopular revenue source. We should be clear that this change would impact other programs that are unconnected, but counting on the money that would be deferred to pay for lower fines.

by Falcon on Nov 19, 2012 6:41 pm • linkreport

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