Friday, June 22, 2012

Morningside Balances Budget with Scamera Funds

The town of Morningside (Prince George's County) has used the $642,000 it has earned from its speed camera program to replace declining property tax revenues.  Morningside increased its annual spending from $1.6million to $1.7million despite seeing property tax revenues drop from $813,000 to $566,000 due to declining property values, leaving the town with a $600,000 surplus.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

State High Court Hears Arguments in Speed Camera Case

The Court of Appeals, the highest court in Maryland, heard arguments yesterday regarding Montgomery County's contingent fee contract.  At issue is the fact that Montgomery County pays it's contractor ACS State and Local Solutions $16.25 per ticket despite language in the state law that "If a contractor operates a speed monitoring system on behalf of a local jurisdiction, the contractor's fee may not be contingent on the number of citations issued or paid."   Attorney Timothy Leahy from Byrd and Byrd LLC represented the plaintiffs in this case.

Yet Another Baltimore City Speed Camera Error

WBFF News has reported on yet another speed camera error involving thousands of citations in the city of Baltimore.  Over three thousand citation issued between December and April of last year over a period of several months incorrectly stated the location of the violation.  The citations listed the address of a camera located approximately one mile from the site of the the camera near Ridgewood road on Wabash Avenue.  The citations had a total value of about $125,000 and are now void.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DC Council Planning To Fine The Innocent

According to an article on WTOP, the D.C. council has given preliminary approval to legislation which would take away a vehicle owner's right to transfer liability if a ticket is issued while another individual was driving it.

"You no longer will be able to transfer liability if you are the registered owner to the person who was driving," said Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh during a meeting of the Council. "Over time, this process has been abused, often to delay or frustrate the collections process."