Spokane City Council rejects giving money from red light tickets to other programs

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 16 at 8:23 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane City Council voted against giving money from red light cameras to other programs besides traffic projects.

Red light cameras keep bringing in more money for the City of Spokane. The amount of Revenue coming in keeps going up and the city has added more cameras.

In the fall of 2013, the city council wanted to consider giving money earned from tickets handed out with the cameras to other departments.  

The city’s graffiti removal service was one of the programs that could have received money from red light cameras. Graffiti removal could have gotten $20,000 and the city’s community service program, COPS, would have gotten $50,000. City staff said they will move forward with projects for the year with the money they have.

“We’ve already committed this year to support graffiti through our program and we’ll continue to support graffiti this year,” said Heather Trautman, with the City of Spokane.

City staff said programs like the graffiti removal service could have used that money but can keep going without it. There are already plans to help people better report graffiti online and use their phones. Anyone found guilty of spreading graffiti in the city will soon be required to do community service.

For now, the money from red light camera tickets will stay with traffic projects.

 

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