The Examiner did a great piece on the plan to balance the Montgomery County budget using speed cameras. This is a case where just a few words tell the entire story:
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is proposing to almost double the number of speed cameras in Montgomery County, from 36 to 66.
The cameras may be the bane of leadfoots, but they are a boon for the county, which estimates that the cameras will bring $22.6 million in revenue in the current fiscal year.
Asked at a news conference whether the proposal for more cameras was designed to bring in more money during a lean budget year, Leggett said: “Oh no, we wouldn’t do that,” drawing big laughs from the overflow crowd.
“It is for safety purposes,” Leggett emphasized, again getting more laughs.