The city was getting rich until state lawmakers stepped in and voted to take a big chunk of what the city makes.Look, this system has been bankrupt from the start. It was installed for revenue, runs on a principle of guilty until proven innocent, and makes the accused rely on the veracity of the state's evidence.
City leaders say the state is taking so much that it now has to use its own money to keep the program going.
The state capped fines at $75 and is taking a huge cut, so big that Albuquerque is now losing money.
More importantly, we were fed a constant diet of, well... aromatic platitudes the smelliest of which was that the system was for public safety. We never bought it and now Councilor Harris is simply admitting what we knew all along.
Harris says the problem is that the city no longer gets enough money to even pay for the program.
Officials say in 2009, the city will pay about $1.5[MILLION] out of its own pocket.
Ask yourself, when's the last time APD turned a profit? Even if APD could turn a profit would you want them to? Adding a profit motive to law enforcement leads inevitably to corruption.
"It's like a tax on the city from the state or confiscation from money from the program. I think it goes one step too far," says City Councilor Don Harris.
Funny how Councilor Harris compared the state's raid on scam-era money to a tax on the city. The scam-eras are a tax on the drivers of Albuquerque - levied for the sole purpose of filling city coffers. Now that the program is costing the city money we no longer hear about safety, just revenue - which is what it was all about in the first place. Let the scam-eras drown in their red ink.