Are Speed Cameras the Way to Lower Taxes? (POLL)
Mayor Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan thinks so, and he’s banking on the cash to bring in $30 million in fines. Is his plan crazy or genius?
Speed cameras are already littered around the North Side, but more might be coming if Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way.
According to the Huffington Post Chicago, speed cameras are a major part of Emanuel’s plan to keep taxes low in 2013. He’s banking on snagging upwards of $30 million next year in fees from the cameras, and fines vary depending on how much of a speed-demon you are.
Fines are slated to start at $35 for drivers caught traveling 6-10 miles over the speed limit, according to NBC Chicago. However, those fines jump to $100 if drivers go 11 miles or more over the limit.
And new cameras are planned for 40 area parks and schools to snag even more speeders, the Huffington Post reports. It’s all a part of Emanuel’s “children first” initiative that will be funded by the new cameras.
Is this the right way of keeping taxes low? Or is this just another stab in the dark to avoid another $298 million budget shortfall in Chicago? Vote in our Patch Poll and elaborate in the comments!