10/25/2005The Number One Speed Trap in Georgia
Pendergrass, Georgia pulls in seven times more revenue from speeding tickets than it does from its property tax.
The town of Pendergrass takes in more cash from speeding tickets than any other city in Georgia. Last year, the town of 480 residents generated $490,574 in traffic citation revenue, with the net profit amounting to one-half of the town's entire budget and seven times the revenue generated from property tax receipts.
Pendergrass depends on heavy ticket enforcement on US 129 with nearby towns follow the lead. Arcade, a town of 1912 residents, for example, generated $552,370 in revenue.
"I hate it that we get this notoriety," Pendergrass police Chief Rob Russell said. "I wish we didn't get that notoriety, but I'm not going to have people just sit there and stare (at motorists)."Source: Fines pull big bucks for small towns (Athens Banner-Herald (GA), 10/25/2005)
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