9/24/2005Georgia: Red Light Cameras Fund Deluxe Police Station
Police in Chatham County, Georgia are using red light camera fines to buy themselves a hurricane-proof police precinct.
Red light camera fines in Chatham County, Georgia will fund two brand new police stations for Savannah-Chatham police. One proposal would create a new building impervious to 155 MPH winds and 20-foot storm surges. The added protection would double the cost of the precinct to $3 million, but county commissioners are counting on a soon-to-be-installed fifth red light camera to generate an extra $500,000 in revenue.
"We've identified a revenue source so that the project can be funded," Assistant County Manager Patrick Monahan explained to the Savannah Morning News. Another $1.5 million is available from local sales tax funds.
The proposed station could withstand a category five hurricane. At least one analyst believes the risk of the area being hit by a less-severe category four hurricane at 0.5 percent, based on historical data. The Savannah police force has patrolled the southeast coast of Georgia since 1790.
"If the price tag is reasonable, this could be one small spoke in the big wheel of dealing with a catastrophe," [District 4 County Commissioner Patrick] Farrell said.Source: Pricetag could double for proposed precincts - 09/23/2005 (Savannah Morning News (Georgia), 9/24/2005)
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