7/28/2005Tennessee Town Lowers Speed Limits for Revenue
Lowered speed limits in Coopertown, Tennessee boost profits by 1500 percent.
Coopertown, Tennessee Mayor Danny Crosby is sitting on a huge budget surplus after he lowered the town's speed limits at the beginning of the year. Before the change, the town made just $10,172 from traffic citations in the last six months of 2004. In the first six months of this year, however, revenue jumped 1500 percent to $152,324. The cause, according to the mayor, is clear.
"Coopertown lowered speed limits and began enforcing them creating a big jump in revenue," Crosby told the Robertson County Times. "A big jump happens with good management."
"I've seen court dockets in the past that prove only two tickets were given in Coopertown during one month's time," said Coopertown City Recorder Kacie Reynolds. "I mean Coopertown is called a speed trap now, but I would rather know our police department is out there working rather than just giving out two tickets a month. I start to wonder what else they're doing if they aren't staying busy," Reynolds said.Source: Coopertown sees revenue increase in new fiscal year (Robertson Co. Times, 7/27/2005)
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