6/6/2006Georgia: City Rejects Illegal Camera Contract
Rossville, Georgia drops red light camera proposal after city attorney declares it illegal.
The city of Rossville, Georgia has reconsidered its decision to install red light cameras after learning that the proposal violated state law. In April, the city council narrowly approved an ordinance that would allow photo ticketing in the city based upon a proposal from camera vendor ATS. The private company had offered a no-cost contract to the city in return for a significant cut of the fine revenue. Upon review, City Attorney Steve Farrow told the city council that the contract would be illegal.
"Compensation paid by the county or the city for such a device must be based on the value of that equipment and not based on the number of citations issued or the revenue generated by that device," Farrow said, as quoted in the Walker County Messenger. "You have to just pay what the value of the device is and then if you don't collect enough fines (and) you don't make it back up, then tough luck, that's just the way it is."
With the possibility of losing money with the system, Mayor Johnny Baker and two city council members dropped their support for the program.