Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Council votes swinging back in favor of Tampa's red-light cameras

TAMPA — The City Council appears poised to reverse its March 20 vote against extending Tampa's red-light camera program for two more years.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Wednesday that he would dedicate 25 percent of the revenue from the cameras to transportation safety projects — something several council members want. "It was more important to me that the cameras stay in place," Buckhorn said.

If the mayor's staff repeats that commitment at the council's meeting today, members Yvonne Yolie Capin and Frank Reddick said they would likely change sides and agree to renew the city's contract with American Traffic Solutions of Tempe, Ariz. The contract expires Sunday.

The council voted 4-3 against renewal two weeks ago. Council member Mary Mulhern also has said she wants to see 25 percent of camera revenue spent on traffic safety and Chairman Charlie Miranda said he's open to revisiting the issue.

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