Reader comment on Monroe, WA 2nd SCAMERA VOTE (1st vote BANNED the scameras). SCAMERAS HELP PUT FORD DEALER OUT OF Business
- The city of Monroe has spent over $100k (and counting) on attorney fees alone fighting Monroe Initiative #1 in court to not allow it to go for a binding public vote.
- The city of Monroe has probably spent another $200-$300K over the past 2-3 years in administrative costs running the program for police time reviewing tickets, court costs, etc.
- The city of Monroe has lost untold tens of thousands of dollars in lost sales tax revenue when people such as me spend our money in municipalities that don't fleece the shoppers on the public roads. Ever wonder why the Ford dealer on Main Street just a couple of blocks west of their school speed trap went out of business?
The city of Monroe sent how much of that money collected as referenced in the article to Redflex? Answer nowhere in sight and certainly not volunteered by the city of Monroe for the article.
It is simply amazing that this totally in the bag mayor and city council have not worked out a financial settlement with Redflex over a year ago when the city's own non-binding initiative written by the city and promoted by the city failed miserably, by about a 68% vote. That means over 2 out of 3 voters said get rid of the cameras and NOW.
But better yet, and this especially applies to every council member and the current mayor, is this simple question. Why did you not do an advisory election before installing the cameras and binding the city to a contract with Redflex especially when that binding contract you signed with Redflex occured AFTER the public vote in Mukilteo that voted cameras down by 70% in early November 2010?
I think we all know the answer. The current mayor, Robert Zimmerman and every council member onboard in October-November 2010 was 100% in the back pocket of Redflex. 100%.
And as for the current mayor, Robert Zimmerman. Well, we all know how well he faired in the primary elections of 2012, don't we. And I think we all know why, too.
I guess when you sleep with dogs, you really do get fleas.
October 5, 2012 12:09 pm |